20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth;
From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
In these two verses we find one theme, the good fruit of the good words that we speak. For lunch yesterday we went to a Japanese restaurant with Stephen and Suprapti. Stephen ordered many different dishes of meats, shrimp, rice, and vegetables for us all to share. When we were nearly full, the waitress came in with two more plates of beef. It was tender and filled with flavor so I had to have some of that too. By the time we left lunch, we were so full that we did not eat any supper. It was wonderful food. Is that the same satisfaction that we enjoy when we speak good words to others? When we produce words of kindness and blessing from our lips are we so filled?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue;” Solomon focuses here on words of life. Yes, our tongue can slice and dice and tear down but the emphasis here is on words that are fruitful and fulfilling. In my life, I have had those whom I just enjoyed being around. Their life was filled with good things, with learning, with doing kind deeds, and when we were together all of this goodness came out of their mouths. Because they loved the Lord and His word, they overflowed with His love and were just a joy to be with. What is it about people like that makes them enjoyable? They use their tongue to produce words that are fruitful and fulfilling.
How about you, how about me, are our words bringing fulfillment and satisfaction to those around us? As we go about today, let us determine to speak good words, words of fulfillment, to those we talk to. If this proverb is true, we all will end the day as satisfied as Bobbi and I were after lunch yesterday.
As we prepare for Sunday, we are praying for pastors and teachers who are studying, for musicians who are rehearsing, and for those who will come that their ears and hearts will be opened to the Word of God. We are praying for the unity of the church, the salvation of the lost, and for the growth of the believers.
Have a great day in the Lord,