Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue

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1. Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue 2. Bible Verses For Power of the Tongue 3. Conclusion

As part of your sanctification process with the Lord, expect God the Father to come after three main areas in your walk with Him.

The first area will be with your “thought life” – which is the area of your unspoken words. We already have another article in our site specifically dealing with this area.

The title of this article is, “You are What You Think.” In this article, I give you all of the Scripture verses that have to deal with the Lord wanting to impart a right type of thinking into your mind and thought process.

The second area God will be targeting will be your “word life” – which has to do with the words that are being released out of your mouth to other people.

The third area God will be coming after will be your “action life” – which will be how you act and behave towards others. Your actions and behaviors toward others has to always line with up with your sanctified thinking and your sanctified speech. The Bible says we have to be “doers” of the Word, not just hearers.

This article will be dealing with the second area, which will be your “word life” towards others.

You can have a certain amount of your thinking and thought life cleaned up to some degree in the Lord with the sanctifying help of the Holy Spirit, but if you cannot make the next step and transmit the right kinds of words to others in your own personal dealings with them, then all of the sanctification that you went through to get your thinking and thought life cleaned up will have all been for naught.

In this article, I am going to give you several powerful verses from the Bible on this topic.

When you string all of these verses together like I will do in this article, you will really be able to see exactly what God wants to do with you in this area. These verses are once again giving all of us some major profound revelation from the Lord in just this one area alone.

Your “word life” with others will make or break you in your own personal relationships with other people in this life.

If you do not learn how to speak to other people in a positive and godly manner, then sooner or later no one will want to have anything to do with you, and you will eventually find yourself being totally isolated and alone.

I simply cannot stress enough the power that is on these particular verses – and that each and every Christian do the best they can to clean up their speech and the way they express themselves to other people in this life.

The very first verse I will list below will give us perfect revelation from the Lord on this issue. This one verse is so powerful from the Lord, that I have decided to name the title of this article just after this one verse.

This one verse is telling us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Just stop and think for a minute what the Lord is trying to convey to us with these specific words. There are two things to pick up from this verse.

The first thing that God is trying to tell all of us is that we have a certain amount of “power” in our tongues.

Our tongue is referring to the verbal words that we speak out of our mouths to other people.

When God is using the word “power,” He is telling us that every single one of us has a certain amount of power residing in our mouth and in our tongues with the words that we can release to other people.

And with this kind of power residing in our ability to release spoken words to other people – God then tells us what can happen with this kind of power. This power can either be used to bring life or death to the person that we are speaking to.

Think of the responsibility and ramifications of this revelation – that our spoken words to other people can either bring them life or bring them death!

You can either choose to learn how to speak and release positive words of love, encouragement, and edification to other people in your own personal dealings with them, or you can choose to release negative words of condemnation, criticism, coldness, and harshness.

The choice is yours!

God the Father makes it very clear with the way that He has worded all of these Scripture verses which way He wants all of us to take with the power that we already have residing in our tongues.

Every single one of us can stop and think how good we have felt when someone has released and spoken words of love, encouragement, and edification to us.

Words can cut right through you like a knife, and when those words are positive and constructive, they can have an incredible way of building up your own sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence.

One of the verses I will list below says that good words can literally be health to our bones. In other words, good and positive types of words can give you better physical health as a result of the boost your immune system will receive.

However, just the reverse is also possible. If all a child ever hears from his parents as they are growing up are stern and abusive words of condemnation, criticism, and negativity – then that child’s self-esteem and self-worth can be severely affected if it is not properly counter-balanced by other people in his life who will speak out the right kinds of words of love and encouragement to him.

If a child does not get properly watered with words of love and encouragement from his own flesh-and-blood parents during his early growing years in the family, then sooner or later he will end up believing in all of the lies of his parents as a result of their constant bombardments – and he will then end up growing up thinking that he will never be good enough to amount to anything worthwhile.

There are many grown adults who never end up accomplishing everything that God would’ve had in store for them in this life as result of not being able to pull out of all the negativity and pessimism that their parents had heaped on them during their earlier growing years in the family.

And all of their possible growth in the Lord in this lifetime ends up getting stunted as a result of the “death” that was brought upon them by the negative and abusive words spoken to them by their own natural parents.

This is why the Lord is telling us in this verse that some kind of death can literally be brought about as a result of speaking out the wrong kinds of words to someone – especially words spoken between parents and their own children.

This same type of “death” can also occur in marriages between husbands and their wives. Many married women have had all of their healthy sense of self-respect, self-worth, and self-confidence beat right out of them as a result of all the verbal abuse they have had to put up with from their verbally abusive husbands.

As Christians, we should all work very closely with the Holy Spirit in allowing Him to help us clean up our word life and how we verbally express ourselves to other people in this life.

If we can learn how to get this part of our life properly cleaned up and sanctified under His direction and guidance, then not only we will become more pleasing to the Lord, but we will also dramatically increase the quality of our own personal relationships that we can have with other people in this life.

For the Holy Spirit to really be able to start to work with you in this area, you will need the knowledge that the following Scripture verses will give you.

I will once again break these verses down under their appropriate captions so you can fully grasp the revelation the Lord is trying to convey to you.

In part 2, I give the Bible Verses for the Power of the Tongue

20 Responses to “Death and Life Are in the Power of the Tongue”

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  1. Melchisedec Solomon - November 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    This was one of the best articles I have ever read. Thank you for putting such a wonderful piece of scripture together.

  2. tope aluko - December 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

    this is exposes a lot of salient issues that have been taken for granted

  3. Sandy - January 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    This site is extremely helpful; I pray that everyone in the world reads this site..EVERYONE!! God bless you for this site; it is now in my favorites for future reference! Thank you Jesus..and thank you for this post!

  4. nana boateng - January 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Kudos to you and your team for such wonderful articles .May HIS divine be upon you for deeper understanding and revelation of HIS-GOD of the word.thanks

  5. Patti - January 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm


    I wrote to you about what I am going through a long time ago and you never answered. I was wondering if you ever got that email.
    Also I read where if what you speak to a person will either cause them life or death,I am confused about this, does that mean I , if I say a bad thing about someone can bring death to them, and does that mean that what a person says to me or about me can bring death to me?? I hope not because I have had many badthings said about me and to me in this life. Also I read where God will give account to ever idle word we have spoken in this life, but I thought that when you ask God forgiveness that He will wipe the slaet clean, so then how will be accountable for saying idle words , I have forgotten many times in my past what I have said , so if I am forgiven than why would God bring them up to me. Please can you kindly get back to me.

    Thankyou so much.

  6. judyann - January 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I thought that i was on my way to glory land but after reading this article,i saw hole where the devil and his kids were hiding.All the article are eyer openfor me but there is something about this one.Thank you and i pray that God will grant you with wisdom mor and more as you put together these article for his children.

  7. tony ong chin poh - January 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    thank you for the invaluable gifts of God, a nourishment I like to share with all. “Whosoever would live life and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it. ” 1 Peter 3:10, 11.
    from: ongchinpohtony.

  8. judyann - January 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Wat to go Natalie! God will take away the depression if you let him in the Name of Jesus.

  9. Zorina Bryan - January 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

    This is the day that the lord has made.
    In jesus name bless the people or person that put this sight together inspired by your words.Lord jesus bless them with grace & favor.
    This is a gifted sight that show you simple ways that our father want us to follow him in christ. amen
    The lord said ” I AM THE LIGHT & I AM THE WAY.
    Remember every thing we do we must do it in jesus name. Amen Amen

  10. pamela simpson - January 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you very much, this article “death and life are in the power of the tongue” really answered my question. The scriptures are very powerful, and I will read them over and over, because I need a change in my tongue too. May God continue to give you wisdom and spiritual knowledge. Thanks

  11. Natalie - January 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I’m confused, so when our tongue brings death to other people, can it also harm us also since it’s called death and life are in the power in the tongue?

  12. Godblessall - February 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Natalie, the best thing to do is confess your sin to God and anyone else that you hurt with your tongue. Forgive yourself too. We all say things we should’t sometimes. It’s difficult when you are being hurt by things that are not getting resolved. I recently said many things and in a manner that I shouldn’t have and I’m truly sorry for that. I appreciate the many ways God does bless me through others. It’s a daily battle! I prayed for you and each one who posted here. May our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ bless you and show Himself strong and true on your behalf.

  13. Michelle - May 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

    this article is AWESOME!!! i had a very hurtful conversation with my father Sunday night where he said some things that will forever resound in my heart and head. he apologized today and explained that he was angry about something else and he lashed out. i was reminded of how powerful our words are and even though he didnt mean them they carried the power of life and/or death. i’m finding that even though i’m his daughter there is a mutual level of respect that must take place in order for us to have an adult relationship. That adult relationship includes the way we speak to each other.

  14. Jessie Leonard - September 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

    I am a person to. David encouraged himself in the word of God. If we are telling ourself I’ll probably never get a job or find a wife we will sabitosh ourself. Thats why God gave us verses like I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This means I need to also speak encourageing words to myself. When I get down I need that and most of those times I’m the only one there to speak it to myself.

  15. Dan - June 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    If only people would read scripture and read it in context instead of listening to some junk preacher. People are so lost in a lie .Death and life are in the power of the tongue is often quoted 99% falsely .That somehow what you speak will happen.This is in truth is 100% false. Not even what scripture comes even close to saying .Power of the tongue is not some power one has to create things .It simply mean the tongue speak and is communication to others .Example a king has power in his tongue to have one head taken off. A boss has the power to fire or hire. Not some supernatural force to make ;positive or negative thing come into being. It sadly new age junk coming into the scripture and twisting scripture for their own gain.

  16. Dan - June 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    By the way negative words are up to the individual are they not .Some say when I witness to them that I am so negative and gloom and doom .They can only see the gospel as negative for it’s foolishness to them .

  17. gertrude lanns henry - May 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    These are good words to munch on .i have always been motivating
    people with my words not just my words but anoited words from the Lord to encourage and educate people about the unfailing love of God.

  18. Kofi Okyire Appianing - May 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Marvelous Piece
    This article is very enlightening. Incidentally, many people seem not to recognize that their utterances carry so much power.
    God bless you for this divine education.

  19. Iosefa Setu - January 15, 2015 at 3:32 am

    “Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue.”
    Very powerful statement. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message to the world. There is no doubt that this world will be a better place to live if we can all control our tongue.

  20. Charles Odong - November 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Thank God for using you to clean me and adding me wisdom to teach others who have not got the opportunity to read this. Sure deal because your reward is already there. My only advise is to put it in practice.

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