The Power of Words

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2)

Life throws some tough stuff at us. And in my experience, it seems easier most times to keep things inside, try to cope and to assume that we’re leaning on God’s power. When actually, we’re not. Because we can’t lean on His strength without using the blessings He’s placed in our lives, especially if it means going against His desire for unity and fellowship among those who love Him. (See my previous post on fellowship).

Today I realised that it can be liberating to talk to someone when we are struggling with things. Why? Because there is power when we speak out our emotions. The fact that God spoke the world into being and then allowed the Word with which He created the world to become flesh signifies this.

“Anxiety in the man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)

We are human. We hurt each other so easily sometimes – sometimes we take offence too easily, sometimes it’s justified to feel hurt (see James 3). “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you – for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20-22).

No wonder God commanded us to speak kindly to each other (Ephesians 4:32; Proverbs 15:1). Words are powerful; we have a choice to either use them to hurt each other deeply, or to uplift one another. Most powerful of all is God’s word: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the hearts.” (Hebrews 4:12).

It was with words that Jesus performed miracles, proclaiming His work in the name of the Father, who sent Him. So maybe that’s a lesson to us. Even if we have the strength to walk the walk alone; God doesn’t want us to. And walking with others means acknowledging each other, with all our problems and struggles and joys and successes. It means communicating who we are in God to each other, and taking on each other’s burdens by telling of them (Galatians 6:2, Philemon 1:6).

So yes, my sword is ready, the one that is of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Philemon 6:17). And as children of God, I think we need to encourage each other to communicate more, with gentle wisdom (James 1:19; Proverbs 18:2; Proverbs 16:21; Philippians 2:4; Proverbs 15:4; Ephesians 4:15). Not to gossip, or to create new material to judge, but to love and uplift. As a family, we should know what’s going on in each other’s lives, good or bad, so that we can support and encourage each other through the trials and struggles that will inevitably hit us. That thing that we call life.

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14).

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”     (Jeremiah 23:29)


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