Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” This is a scripture from the book of Proverbs.
As Afrikans it is time for us to take control of our tongues. This loose behavior that many are fond of exercising on social media, or in clubs or when hanging out with friends or in business or government meetings… where they say the first thing that comes to mind, attacking people left, right and center thinking they are so witty – it has to end.
Each word is a seed and frankly we are eating a lot of the fruit of what we keep sowing and a lot of it is bad fruit. We must live aware that we are responsible for the words that we bring forth and the realities that they carry – whether we like it or not. So, if those words carry life, love, brotherhood and peace – then those are words whose environments we can confidently live in. But if they are words that harm, hinder or hurt, then they are bringing forth curses, chaos, death and disaster and that is a harvest that we do not want or need as a people.
To be a blessing means to be cognizant of who we are, what mandates we carry and to use our thoughts, words and actions to bring life to those mandates and to the people around us. Blessings bring forth life. Blessings come forth from the wise people who understand that it is safer to bless than to curse, because the one who you may choose to curse is still a part of the society and that curse will live on and speak and toxify the environment and the person, whereas a blessing will heal and restore life. Also, living a life where you distribute blessings leaves you free from fear of future harm from any direction, and free from any burden of hatred, bitterness and unforgiveness. Which is what Afrika and the world needs.
We have to choose the way of life to give life to all those around us and be the ones to restore life and light to the world. That is our mandate as Afrikans. To override the foolishness around us with the wisdom of knowing that we carry life for the world in its dark and torn state right now. And to provide the world with that life through our blessings.
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Chioma Phillips is the Editor of Msingi Afrika Magazine and the host of Msingi Afrika Television. Her hope is to see the Truth shared, with all who will listen, for the transformation of the people and the continent of Afrika - and the world. She believes passionately in the critical role that Afrika and Afrikans have to play on earth right now and hopes to ignite the spark that will cause them to see and believe who they are, so that they can live out their Truest lives for the remainder of their days.