Power in Words
Reading the creation story in Genesis chapter one, we see repeatedly, “And God said…” God spoke creation into existence! He teaches us here that words are powerful. They hold the power of life and death. Too often today we hear of children taking their on lives as a result of being bullied either in social media, school, or even in their families. Someone’s WORDS, whether written or spoken, has taken their life source, their sheer desire to live. How frightening it can be to think that our words can hold so much power.
Are Your Words Speaking Life?
It is easy to get frustrated in our busy lives and fall into the complaining trap, to be fussy,and grumbly…but we have to remember that our words hold power! We have to remember, too, that we have CHOICE in how we react to the circumstances around us! We can CHOOSE to react in a positive manner, speaking kind words, or we can choose to explode…either way, we have consequences to face. Every decision we make comes with consequences, either good or bad, and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, affect more than us! They affect our family, friends, business, congregations, and even strangers. We can choose to speak life into others without necessarily saying a prayer for them. Just as with any other habit, practice makes perfect. Practice speaking life into others rather than judging their outward appearance, or tearing them down with our words. Lift them up! Show them you see more in them than what is being shown at this moment. Show them that you know they have feelings too! This is part of “love your neighbor as yourself.” Before you speak, ask yourself, would I want someone to say this to me? Is it encouraging them or tearing them down? Am I encouraging them to be a better person or am I being their stumbling block?
The Language of Love
No matter what language you speak, all languages have the language of LOVE! Let us use the language of love to create LIFE in others. Do not feed someone’s anger, help them see the need to release that anger and love. Do not join the pity party, help them see the blessings that are in their life! Sometimes we are just blinded by the day’s troubles and we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel alone. Sometimes, we need someone else to show us that light, the glimmer of hope, and to tell us that everything will be OK. We may not be able to minimize someone’s troubles or even help them forget them, but we can show them love, speak life into their souls, and carry them along the way.
Master of the universe, please grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the person I can, and the wisdom to know that it is me. Please help us, your children, to be responsible with our words. May our words ever speak life into our family, love into the hearts of others, be compassionate and kind. May we learn good habits with our words and never hurt anyone with them. Thank you for showing us from the beginning that our words are powerful and hold the power of life and death; unity and division. Thank you for the opportunities we have to speak life into others. In Jesus name, amen.