This article is built upon my earlier article entitled " (What You See Is What You Get)". In fact, I initially wanted to entitle this article also as WYSIWYG too, but later changed my mind. In my earlier article I stated that WYSIYG stands for What You See Is What You Get!
In the context of this article, WYSIYG stands for What You Say Is What You Get . Basically, I write this article to illustrate the power of words in our lives. In fact, you would be glad to know that, it is God Himself who is the proponent of this concept – WYSIYG. The importance of WYSIYG cuts across both the Old Testament and the New Testament!
In the Bible, God tells us that our future depends on our own words. God ordains our words to be the rudder to our lives. What we say will determine our destiny. That is why it is often said that our destiny lies in our own hands. In fact, Solomon emphasizes this when he says: "From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him" (Proverbs 12:14)
Without a doubt, working with your hands will produce certain results for you. Work will determine your future. If you don’t work, then you will have a bad future. That’s why the Bible says that he/she who does not work should not eat (2Thessalonians 3:10). It’s just that simple.
Yet God says that your tongue can produce the same kind of results as the work of you hands. Solomon is saying that a man is filled with good things by the fruit of his lips.
If you had a choice between having good things or bad things, wouldn’t you choose the good things? Of course you would. Well, how do you get the good things? By the fruit of your lips.
Let’s look at another scripture which echoes this truth. From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things… (Proverbs 13:2)
How does a man enjoy good things? By the fruit of his lips.
Now let’s look at the classic scripture on the power of the tongue.
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 18:20-21).
You do remember that God says, "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Therefore choose life." (Deut. 30:15) You choose life by choosing the words you speak. What you say out of your mouth is going to determine whether you have life or death. Your words determine whether you are going to have blessings or curses.
When the Bible speaks of the tongue, it is not referring to the pink, wet, slimy organ in your mouth. It is referring to the words that the tongue speaks. Don’t be like the woman who said, "I’m always saying the wrong thing. I think it’s because my tongue is wet and it’s always slipping." The tongue is an organ of speech. It is speech that is powerful, not the organ itself.
This scripture says that the tongue produces fruit. We could say it this way: Your words produce fruit, and fruit is the end result of seeds. If you hold in your hand an apple, then you hold the end result of a seed. So fruit is the end result of a seed.
This means that your words are initially seeds. And what you plant now, you get later. So, what you say now, you get later.
I also want to stress that because of the impact that the tongue (the words we say) has, we should learn to speak good things about people. Speaking blessings into the life of people is an unmeasurable gift that we can offer. It is in the light of this that that I always take delight in saying "It Shall Be Well" in all circumstances!