The power of life and death is not found in a bullet, a motor car accident or heart attack, but in the tongue…
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
We are not limited by what happens around us, but we are limited by what was said, is said and what we are saying. We live life through words, even more than we know, understand or comprehend. Our words and believes shapes the world around us and also our view and perception of life…
Paul said the following regarding this:
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
We need to do all of this, literally live "In the name of Jesus Christ". This means that we need to live this life as Jesus Chris, who did not think so much of himself that he had to cling to His status, but was willing to die for that which He believed and lived for (Philippians 2:1-16) – and so He did…
Are we then willing to die for the words that we speak and the lives that we live?
When God said "choose life" did He also have in mind that we choose our words carefully, and live accordingly?
And when we pray in "the Name of Jesus" are we doing it from compassionate hearts, filled with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as Jesus has forgiven us?
I pray that we all may live and die IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST!