Monday, 3 February 2014

Weaponized words

The old childish taunt goes like this:

Sticks and stones 
may break my bones
but words will never hurt me.

We used to sing this every time someone got nasty and started calling us names, making fun of our clothes, hair, shoes, work, house, or whatever.. And every single time you sang it, you knew you were lying. 

Broken bones and bruises may look horrible for a short time, but they heal. And eventually everything is as if the injury had never happened. But words? Words do hurt. The wounds words cause don't heal quickly -- and the scars last a lot longer -- if they ever do actually heal. 

Words have power. The Bible says that there is the power of life and death in the tongue. Words can bring healing and blessing and encouragement -- the right word at the right time can change the world. Words can also be the deadliest weapons known to man, and the wrong word at the wrong time can start wars. 

Ever thought about the first words ever spoken? Genesis records it: And God said, "Let there be light." 

Let there be light. 

You know, those are pretty powerful words. The results from those words echo from eternity. Light, as a physical thing, is one of the simplest forms of energy, and there are basically two things in this universe: energy and matter. God created one of the two basic things on that first day with those first words -- out of which He could create everything else!  

But first, FIRST, God created words. 

Words have power. With words, God spoke the universe into existence. Everything that is, was or will be, everything we see, hear, smell, taste or touch.. everything we can figure something out about it -- everything was created by words. 

Or rather, as the Bible says, by the Word. 

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

Words simply take ideas and transform them into things that can be seen, tasted, touched, heard and felt. And the most powerful of these ideas-into-words: the person of Jesus Christ. 

He was *the* Word. He was God -- the Love, the eternity, the power and majesty and might, the compassion and mercy and justice of God -- in pill form, so to speak. Encapsulated by a human being, the idea of God in a body, Jesus was literally the expressed Word of God.  God couldn't have shown Himself more clear than in the person of Jesus. 

Words have power. With a word, Jesus calmed the storm, opened deaf ears, brought sight to blind eyes, even raised the dead. With a word, Jesus blessed the food and made it multiply, healed the sick and taught the ignorant the truth. With a word Jesus revealed the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, and His words transformed our world. 

Jesus gave that power -- the power of words -- to us. We have the same authority, wisdom, and power in our words as He had. He told us to "say to this mountain", to "ask and you shall receive", that whatever we bound and loosed on earth would be done in heaven as well. Our words have power. 

There's another children's song I sing to my girls all the time:

O be careful little eyes what you see...
O be careful little ears what you hear...
O be careful little tongue what you say.. 
For the Father up above, is looking down with love
O be careful..

Words have power. Be careful what you hear .. and what you say. 

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