The Bible has many encouragements to watch what we say – Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit. There will be fruit, consequences, from the words we say – and those consequences will bring either life or death.
I’m sure you know what words of ‘death’ look like: nagging, name calling, belittling, angry, mean, critical, unkind, words based on mistrust.
Words spoke with this heart or attitude bring death because when they come out of our mouth the spirit of our listener is crushed.
As opposed to the times when we speak words of life; words of life lift up, encourage and strengthen the listener. Words of life are words spoken with: kindness, faith, hope, love, patience, trust and belief.