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There is so much power in the tongue. The tongue can bless, and it can curse. We probably know that by now for most of us have probably experienced the tongue from both sides. We have a choice: we can use our tongue for good, or use it for bad. I would argue strongly that many have chosen to use their tongue for bad. I have said that the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. This is untrue, for words can pierce the soul and break hearts just as it can express love, kindness and affection. Proverbs 18:21 speaks of the tongue:

 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

The writer speaks of the tremendous power of the words of the tongue. Proverbs makes many suggestions about the use of the tongue.  You cannot read this book without feeling the power of the tongue at work. Words can hurt or heal those who hear them. They can harm or help the person who speaks them. People get in trouble speaking harmful words. The tongue can be poisonous. Read the many references to the mouth and tongue found in Psalms. The writer states that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Be careful of what you say and how you say it. Speak words that are kind, gentle and loving.  My grandmother would say, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing.” Ask the Lord to put a bridle on your tongue. Make sure that when you speak, you edify another brother or sister in Christ.