Spoken or written, words have the power to give life or to destroy it, to build up or to tear down, to heal or to hurt.
Every day we have the opportunity to speak to those around us – our children, our spouse, our in-laws, our co-workers, our students, and our friends.
We write on social media for all to see – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…
There is profound power in those words we say and write.
How are you using that power?
Once spoken or written, you cannot take back what’s been said – ever! Be sure it is helpful and not hurtful.
As a child, I remember wanting a nickname from my mother so badly, because both of my brothers had one. The day arrived when I was about ten years old, and we were camping: I was in the public bathroom, and mom called to me, “Muffin, are you coming?” MUFFIN!!! That one word made me so happy! To this day I remember the setting and circumstances around it because that single word and the sentiment behind it meant so much to me.
God spoke in the beginning of what we know to be, and He used that power to create: light, day and night, separations of heavens and waters, planets, the sun, moon and stars, all creatures and plants, and humanity. He told man to be fruitful and multiply, and He blessed them.
He will use that same power of words to condemn man at judgment time.
“I AM the light of the world…(John 8:12),
“I AM the bread of life…(John 6:35),
“I AM the door of the sheep…(John 10:7),
“I AM the Good Shepherd…(John 10:11,14),
“I AM the resurrection and the life…(John 11:25),
“I AM the way, the truth and the life…(John 14:6),
“I AM the true vine…”(John 15:1).
Either Jesus was speaking words of truth to us, or he was lying. If he lied, then the truth was not in him, and he was a false prophet. He cannot be mostly honest yet lie on occasion and still be a good man. Jesus spoke words of compassion, of kindness, of forgiveness and genuine love. His words healed, helped, encouraged, taught, humbled, and caused repentance in the hearts of many. He lived out his words in actions.
We too can speak words that have the same type of results with those we have an influence with, as long as we are doing so out of kindness, respect, with utmost genuine love, and are speaking the truth.
“The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
“A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Food for thought: “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” -Pearl Strachan Hurd
Fun facts: “Pass it On” lyrics (verse 1 only)
It only takes a spark to get a fire going
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love once you’ve experienced it
You spread His love to ev’ryone, you want to pass it on
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – It only takes a spark…
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