Eating My Words

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it- will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” Proverbs 18:21 amp

I have a lot of favorite chapters, aha scriptures and life-verses, but this one rather owns me. Eye-roll emoji here. I am by nature a babbler. There I admitted it. Actually I have written several blogs on “my mouth” and my “gift of gab.” It’s a daily battle, a constant wrestling… even at 55. My sister reminds me, “the filter slips with age.” She’s talking about that filter to guard one’s thoughts expressed in words. I agree.

Looking up Proverbs 18:21 word-for-word in under “interlin” will show this verse in Hebrew from Right to left, and each word’s definition is also available in their “Strong’s” link. Using this wonderful Bible study exercise, the verse literally reads: Death and Life are in the power of the babbler. Those that befriend (babbling) will devour and consume its fruit (reaping the outcome).

I have reaped both extremes… life given to a complete stranger and death dumped on a family member all in a matter of seconds. Quick words without much thought. Sigh. All I can think now is, ‘”Blessed is the one who keeps their big mouth shut!” How wonderful it would be, instead, to always say the right thing at the right time.

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time. Proverbs 25:11 amp

Lord, I seem to get tangled in the same messes again and again. Help me to think carefully before responding. staying conscious of Who is listening… You! Oh, how I long for Your sanctification to maturity. Guard this mouth.

ForGlorySake! – Anna

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