“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

“This illustrates the constructive and destructive power of words while alerting us to the fact that our words always have direction. They are going either toward life or toward death. The most destructive thing words could produce is death, so the phrase “words kill” is intended to summarize all the angry, hurtful, slanderous, selfish, bitter, divisive, and demeaning forms of talk. The phrase “words give life” summarizes all the encouraging, comforting, peaceful, upbuilding, grateful, unifying, and loving forms of communication. Because our words have power and direction, they always produce some kind of harvest. It will be a life harvest of comfort, encouragement, hope, insight, unity, and joy, or a death harvest of fear, discouragement, falsehood, division, and sadness. Words can open up the mysteries of the universe for someone. Words can crush a person’s spirit, excite, anger, or stimulate love. Words have power.”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21)
-Paul Tripp

Comments are closed.