Super Power Words – Proverbs 18

My grandsons love their super heroes. All day long they play they are the heroes with super powers doing good and squashing evil. I’ve teased them before about my super powers, but they don’t recognize Grandma-type power yet. According to Proverbs 18, my tongue has the power of life and death. Though I’ve recognized the seriousness of hurtful words in the past, I haven’t thought much about the potential nutritive value. These two proverbs shed light on it.

“From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:20 NIV

What I speak can
.fill a stomach
.satisfy the hungry
.bring life
.bring death

I’m seeing a theme in the verses I’m highlighting this time through this book-of-Proverbs-in-a-month season. It looks like I’m learning about careful speaking. Teach me, O Lord!

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at .


  1. Safe!! Proverbs 18:10

    Remember being a small child and believing you could run to your Daddy, and he could and would keep you safe from all bad things? My Daddy was my hero. I knew I could count on him. And truth is he would do whatever he could to protect his little girl, but he was human and had limitations. I know now that no human being can possibly ‘be there’ for me all the time, because even Daddies aren’t that strong and invincible.

    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    The righteous run to it and are safe.”

    I love this verse! It’s such a comfort to know that my Heavenly Father IS totally able, and desires to keep me safe. All I have to do is run to Him. He is ALWAYS there for me.

    I’m so glad I’m His girl!

    by Marie Whittaker

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