Have you ever thought about how powerful words are?
Lately, i have been thinking about it quite a bit. And to be honest, i have had some recent conviction over my own words at times. (Just trying to keep it real)
God spoke words to breathe creation and the universe into existence. The mere thought of that is mind boggling. I know some people dont believe it, but when i think about how intricate the details of the universe, and humanity, and EVERYTHING we see around us are i am speechless.
Words have the power to build up and the power to tear down.
I think about how often my words tear down, and i dont like it. I am thankful that i serve a Saviour who is easily forgiving, and whose forgiveness i dont have to earn.
Humanity on the other hand is not so forgiving at times, myself included.
I wish i could tell you that i am the most forgiving person. I like to think of myself as pretty forgiving, but to be honest, in case you didnt know — i am human, and am not perfect. I make mistakes, i say things i shouldnt, i get upset, i even use curse words sometimes. Yes, curse words, i said it.
(And sometimes they make me feel better..dont judge me)
But i know that i serve a God who is a healer and a restorer, and desires to take the things about me that are human and mold and refine them until they look more like He wants them to look.
I know that this is a continual process. I know that this is a battle i will have my entire life because i am human, and i’m okay with it.
I want to be more like Christ in all that i say and do. I am not trying to use my humanity as an excuse to act crazy and foolish, but what i am admitting is that at times, my flesh will overrule my spirit, and that is just the way it is. I cant be ashamed and beat myself up over it. That is the kind of attitude satan would want me to have. Instead, i must admit my faults, ask forgiveness from parties that may have been hurt, and of course the Lord, and then move on.
I dont know why God has been having me focus so much on words, but i am listening. Any time he calls my attention to a certain subject, i make sure and pay attention. It means something.
I pray that i become a woman whose words are gracious and whose words speak life. Jesus refine my toungue until it becomes more like Yours.
Check out what the Bible has to say about words:
God can’t stand evil scheming, but he puts words of grace and beauty on display
A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one’s reputation.
27 Mean people spread mean gossip;
their words smart and burn.
28 Troublemakers start fights;
gossips break up friendships.
Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.
The words of a wise person are gracious. The talk of a fool self-destructs— He starts out talking nonsense And ends up spouting insanity and evil.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words!