King Solomon, heralded for his wisdom declared: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
Have you heard any of the following expressions?
“It;s killing us!
“He or she makes me sick!”
“He’s dying to go!”
“Dummy, you are so stupid!”
“I was sick as a dog!”
“My feet are killing me!”
“He or she make me sick!"
Many consider such expressions to be humorous colloquialisms or vernacular, not to be taken literally. Nevertheless, this type of verbiage creates an environment of death and God did not create humankind to use words recklessly.
Popular Culture has embraced toxic, negative speaking. It’s promoted in print materials and throughout electronic and social media. The beneficiaries infused with toxic thoughts proudly declare: “I’m just telling like it is.” or “I tell it like I see it!” Nevertheless, the God of Israel has a different perspective.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you like and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and they seed may live.” Dt. 30:19
Have you considered the neurological impact of your words? Modern day scientists associate negative thinking to be a leading cause to mental illness: depression, manic depression, or paranoia. According to Scripture, there is a correlation between what we think and what we speak. King Solomon realized this correlation between thoughts and speech, and warns”
“if thou has done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou has thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.” Proverbs 30:32
Joshua's anecdote to this matter is found in Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to be according to all that is written therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.”
Apostle Paul instructs Christians to renew our minds through the Word of God. (Romans 12:2)
According to scientists, it takes 21 consecutive days to recalibrate the brain and change a negative thought to a positive one. Your genetic code doesn’t determine your thoughts . . . you do. If you desire a better life, make a quality decision today and transform your speech by adjusting your thought life. You have what you say! (Mark 11:23)