As I meditated on the previous blog, the idea of sowing and reaping a harvest remained with me, and my reflection turned to the seeds of our words.
Proverbs 18:21 -“There is life and death in the power of the tongue and those who loveit will eat its fruits” – warns us about the power of words. If we’re to be honest, there are many things we’re reaping now because of words we spoke over our own lives in the past. Sadly, there are seeds of doubt, criticism, fear, and even low self-worth that we have (consciously or unconsciously) planted in other people’s hearts (or have had people plant in our hearts) by words as well.
This idea of “life and death” being in the power of the tongue, and the idea that we’ve “spoken” so much into existence without really being aware of it, caused me to petition God. I asked Him if there was a place for repentance and forgiveness, as it relates to the fruit of unintended idle or negative words spoken in the past. He showed me that in the same way that I have indirectly or unintentionally spoken things into being, He has given me the power to go back and speak death over every seed I should have never planted by my words in the first place.
He gave me the thought of praying for crop failure over every negative or idle word (seed) I may have spoken (planted) ignorantly, in anger, or otherwise. While an apology is always warranted for saying what should not have been said, we also need to address the seeds that were unintentionally planted in the spirit, that will begin to take root and bear fruit regardless of our apology.
This is the power of God’s Grace! The idea that we don’t have to accept or live under the burden of our failures or mistakes, but we can access the Grace of God to move forward. So, although we do have power to speak life, God has also given us the power to speak death to the things we foolishly spoke life to. Yes, there is indeed life AND death in the power of the tongue. And because God’s Grace is never to be taken lightly, for granted, or as a justification for sin (Romans 6), let us endeavor to be more mindful of the things we say as seeds are being formed and planted by our words, intentionally or unintentionally.
Prayer: Father, I decree and declare, with the confession of Proverbs 18:21, CROP FAILURE over every unintended seed that I have planted by my words in my own life and the lives of others. I declare the soil infertile and the seed unfruitful, in Jesus’ Name.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. – Psalm 141:3.
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your honor all the day. – Psalm 71:8
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight,O Lord my strength and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14.