Disputes, we see them shown on nationwide TV. We watch them play out in our places of work or even in traffic. We may experience some of them in our homes.

Once again Proverbs addresses some situations.

“Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart. A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:18-21

Disputes can cause irreparable damage.

Let’s camp on one phrase out of this passage.

“The tongue has the power of life and death…”

How many peoples’ lives have been destroyed because of something someone said?

How many places of business have been hurt because someone bad-mouthed a business or employee on social media?

How many kids have been devastated because someone at school decided to start a rumor about them that wasn’t even true?

And the list could go on and on.

Our tongues, what we say, how we say it can make a huge difference and in some cases even an eternal difference.

That should give us pause to make sure we say things that bring life not death.

Lord, please help me to use my words to bring life to those around me.

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