From the fruit of the mouth one’s stomach is satisfied; the yield of the lips brings satisfaction. Death and life are the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:20,21
My brother-in-law sends us a thought for the day. Recently his thought was: “Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest. Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit-you choose!” Proverbs 18:20, 21. As I read it I thought how true. Words can kill a friendship or lead one astray. When we say unkind words we are spreading a poison in our system and in the one of those that hear. Don’t we all remember unkind words that have been said to us. We also remember when good words are spoken. When we hear good words we gather them into us as we would a harvest. Words of kindness can be like a sweet fruit. Words of Christ can bring about salvation.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help the words of my mouth to always be pleasing to you. Help them to be fruitful to your kingdom. Amen
Jan Mitchell (From the Eastridge Daily Devotional Book, published in 2008)