The Power of the Tongue


Debbie Powell, International Association of Healing Rooms

Debbie Powell
International Association
of Healing Rooms


In the Message, Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit." This means we are either speaking blessings or we are speaking curses on ourselves and others. Think about it for a minute, what are you saying about yourself, your family or your home? How about your health, marriage or job? What about your neighbors, strangers or governmental leaders? Are you saying things that are full of life or death? Are they words of encouragement or words that bring emptiness and futility?

Perhaps you are thinking these are just words, Remember the children’s rhyme; Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Really?

What about when a favorite teacher asked if you had cheated on a paper; or the time your dad said he was disappointed in something you did. It crushed you. It penetrated your soul and wounded you. Perhaps you even began to say that you were a "disappointment" when things didn’t go right. So what else might we be saying about ourselves? I am worthless; every sickness that comes along has my name on it; my mouth and brain just aren’t in sync any more.

What are we saying about others? He is such a jerk. Continue driving like that and you’ll be road kill. They aren’t a good match for each other. We complain and grumble about ourselves and others, to each another.

Do we know how God feels about complainers and grumblers? Most of the Book of Jude speaks of warnings regarding sin: sexual immorality, murder, greed, complaining and grumbling. God sees all these sins on the same level. Wow! God sees murder on the same level as complaining and grumbling. So, if these are sins, what do we do with them? Well, I have been told that it is a good idea to take them to God. So we take our complaints and grumblings to God.  Do you know what He says? Forgive!

What! Me, forgive them?

Yes, and forgive yourself.

What! I have to forgive myself? For what?

For holding offense, bitterness and unforgiveness towards another.

But, they’re the problem. This won’t change them.

No, it will change you.

Oh...So with a humbled heart...Father, I forgive them for this, that and the other thing. I forgive myself for this, that and the other thing. I forgive all this with the Blood of Jesus and the word of my testimony. It is only through our intentional forgiveness that we can are purified, redeemed and restored back to the men and women of God we were created to be.


Debbie Powell

IAHR Office Manager