When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

The tongue is extremely powerful which means we all have a significant about of power with each word we speak. We can bring life or destruction with our words. You cannot be two completely different things.  You can't bring life and bring death, just as a saltwater lake cannot produce fresh water.

We all remember a time that we were hurt because of something somebody said to us or about us.  If you haven't, I promise you that you are a rare find.  What we say is important because with the weigh our words carry, we have the ability to powerfully life someone up rather than just as powerfully tear them down. There is not a middle ground.  There is not a slightly negative or positive effect of someone's words.  They are powerful, and with that comes responsibility to use them well.  

We must bring life with our words,  Our words have weight and influence so we much be aware of the impact they are having on the people around us.  Be aware that what comes out of your mouth and how those around you perceive it. It's important to examine both your meaning and it's perceived meaning.

Father, teach me the impact of my words. Help me to bring life to those that I encounter.  Help me to change my perspective whenever I want to say something that is not life giving.  I want to encourage those around me and not destroy.  Help me to think like you.  Father make me more like you.

I love you.

- Laura DeGroot