Most people, especially Christians would assume this article is about the Word of God. It is true that there is power in the Word of God. There are passages, verses, stories and instruction in Gods Word that applies to every aspect of lives, short term and long term. Getting into his word daily gives you the tools, instruction, inspiration and even the weapons to handle anything that might come your way as your day progresses.
I try to get into Gods word twice a day, every morning for sure. I usually read form the Old Testament and the New Testament and I have constant reminders all throughout the day when I log onto Facebook from shared status’s from my Christian friends.
But, I want to talk about the Power of the Word from another source. That source is the bumbling, often intentional, many times unintentional words that are uttered by the human mouth, often said in haste and without forethought. We, the children of God, believers and unbelievers, have the power of the word that can utterly change , influence or destroy the life of another human being.
When used with kindness and forethought, we can lift up a person who is in the deepest pits of depression, those who are distressed, feel lost, unwanted, unloved, uncared for or are just having a bad day. With words of love and encouragement, we can, in just a few words change their outlook from the worst ever to a brighter, more hopeful outlook.
We are all taught by repetition, adults and children alike. We can influence a child to learn respect, kindness, love, understanding and mercy with the spoken word, repeated often enough as they grow and mature. We can teach them how to reach out to, lift up and help others. They can learn and grow in a healthy environment, develop a sense of self worth and good morals, and acquire the tools to live their life to the fullest. We can give hope to others by speaking to them with loving, kind words like “I love you”, “I’m here for you”, “I am proud of you”, “you have done good” and “I will help you”.
But, we can also destroy a life with this Power of the Word for children and adults alike. Words spoken in haste, in a heated moment, spoken in hate or anger, spoken often enough can destroy a persons will to interact with others, the will to explore, grow and learn and sometimes destroy the will to live.
Words and phrases that hurt, belittle or demean like “you’re dumb, or stupid, or ugly” “you’re fat, you stink, you’ll never amount to anything, I hate you, I don’t like you, I don’t love you” and so many cruel and unnecessary words and phrases, repeated often enough can and will destroy a persons self respect, and willingness to strive for something better in their life.
Children raised in verbally and/or physically abusive situations often grow into either shy, quiet, introverted people who are afraid to go past where they are in life to seek something better or they can grow up with a disrespectful, hateful attitude that can often turn them into dangerous and violent people.
Unfortunately the human tongue is the hardest working muscle in our body, second only to our heart and we need to strive to control the less than desirable words that can be uttered before thinking that can have a lasting effect on someone for the rest of their lives.
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;”