Archbishop Goddowell .O. Avwomakpa made a statement saying “Life is stronger than death” I never understood that phrase until today. Words are extremely powerful. With it the future is created. With it the future is destroyed. With it decisions and agreements are made. With it the world was created. The significance of words can not be over emphasized. Words have the power to produce positive or negative consequences in the life of individuals. As the day comes and goes, so does words. We speak, receive, write, read and sing words. Over here in Nigeria, words are taking so seriously. When a woman who is pregnant sees an ugly child while walking along the road, she quickly turns her face to another side and say “No! I didn’t see it” they do this because its a cultural belief that when you see such a sight and you don’t reject it, you’ll certainly have it. Well, that is man for you. Always believing in the negative he says, than in the positive.
You here statements from young folks…..”You know, this my ulcer always comes at this particular period and when it does, no medication can suppress it” or “I have this headache that makes my eye’s wanna fall out” if you review the above statements carefully, there’s a causative agent that ignites this statement and its the “tongue”. it is hardly noticed among the organs of the body but it has the power to kill the body. It has never being being easy to tame the tongue because men don’t seem to know the power thst lies therein….so, they misuse it. It is said that “when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”. That might be true but not a fact. Knowing a thing is not the final bus stop, having an insightful knowledge of a thing is the final the base. I might know the purpose of thing but if I lack the understanding of it, I still don’t know it. King Solomon who understood and gained the knowledge of the tongue said in Proverbs 18:21 NIV…..”The Tongue has the power of Life and Death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. He’s simply saying “pals don’t get it twisted, the tongue is not just for tasting sweet meals, there’s something that’s being embedded in the tongue that men are not making use of. It’s Power of Life and Death”. It is with its power that Abraham gave Isaac the Blessing. It is with its power that Isaac gave Jacob the Blessing. It is with its power Jacob gave Reuben the Curse but gave Judah the Blessing as well. It is with its power that Joshua halt the Sun to stand still until he defeats his enemies….it is with its power power that Jesus said It is finish. It is with its power that we proclaim like David I shall not die but live because stand on the authority in the name of Jesus.
People died because of something said. The tongue can be a weapon of mass destruction, launching holocaust and war. It can also lead to the death of marriages, friendships, families, churches, careers, hopes, reputation, understanding, efforts, missionaries, and governments. But people also live because of something said. The tongue can be “a tree of life” (Proverb 15:4 NIV The soothing Tongueis a tree of life but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit). It also implies that a bad tongue is a tree of death. I don’t know about you but I want to create life where there is no life through the power of my words, not increase confusion. The tongue can fix marriages and make it sweet, it can make families strong, it can give hope to the despairing, advance understanding and spread the gospel. So, what is it gonna be? Blessing or curses, success or failure sickness or health, life or death, wealth or poverty? The choice of your mouth is yours…… choose wisely!
I read a quote which says “Make your words to be sweet, incase you have to eat them”. The reason Life become hell for some folks and heaven for some other folks is because those with the bad tongue say words like “This situation is more than me, its even better I die” while the other say words like “This situation will produce an opportunity to make wealth”. It’s important that we have…. and speak…….
For you to have the right words, your heart must also be right. Because out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45). The problem is, we’ve got a lot of junks in our heart and when we search for good words to speak over some certain issues, it can’t work because its garbage in garbage out. It is expedient to know that a critical heart produces a critical tongue. A self-righteous heart produces a judgemental tongue. A heart that’s ungrateful will produce a grumbling tongue. So, we must guide our heart with all diligence because out of it are the issues of life (Proverd 4:23). The reason we should be more careful about what comes out of our mouth is because when we speak a negative word, we give it life and give the devil strength and authority to carry out his threefold ministry in our lives “Kill, steal and Destroy”.
So, when I remember the words of the Archbishop Goddowell O.Avwomakpa, It gives me courage and confidence to speak Life that is stronger than Death over any situation whatsoever. Even dead situations can bounce back to Life because I’m on the side of Life and since my heart is full of Life, death has no choice than to give way. It is up to you now, to make your mouth a fountain of Life today, be slow to speak, encourage more than you criticise, scan for opportunities to speak kind words into the heart of someone, be someone who when he or she is absent, people feel a vacuum is left that only you can fill. Say something sweet and affectionate to someone when he least expects it. Bridle your tongue today…….