ESV Proverbs 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
If you speak life= good things, Godly things, encouragement you will see good fruits
if you speak death= bad things, tear downs, hurtful, pain, enemy, fire and you will then see bad fruits
Today what came out of your mouth? Did you say anything hurtful to anyone even if it was behind there back. (oh my did you see the shirt he was wearing? Oh hahaha she just fell after slipping on that food. I am not sitting by her. He is gross.) Think about it....
How about LIFE
Did you encourage anyone today, give help, or pray for someone? (You did a really good job running in gym today, I really loved your art project you created, Here you dropped this, Father God please bring healing to my classmate who is absent today because he has the flu.)
TOOTHPASTE VISUAL- 2 Helpers: I asked one student to squirt the toothpaste out and then I asked the other student to try to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Obviously it is impossible to put the toothpaste back in the tube just like it is impossible to put words we speak back in our mouth.
Proverbs 12:18 ESVThere is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
(Picture any mean word you say as a sword hurting someone, or picture in your mind right people being healed by the power of prayer and words coming out of your mouth.)
Taming the Tongue1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,[a] and set on fire by hell.[b] 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
Hot sauce/ m&m illustration- next I had each student put some hot sauce on their tongue to remind them the fire that can come off the tongue. After the hot sauce I then let each student have a couple m&m's and tell me something they can say or do to give life rather then death.