Do you believe that words have power?
What a silly question. We’ve all felt the power of words aimed at us, for good or ill. We remember other’s words from years ago, words spoken at critical moments, words that shaped us and our view of ourselves and our course in life. We’ve all regretted our own hasty words, and wished long afterward that we had said less. Or more.
We have known the peculiar power of words whispered in the dark, or screamed across tragedy, or spoken around a death bed. How indelible they are! how they sear into the soul and remain!
But my question still stands. How much power do you believe words have?
Do you think that the words you speak can change things in the world? What about in the heavenly realm?
I am not talking only about prayer, although that is an intrinsic part of the conversation. I am talking also about words spoken between people. I am talking about the hundreds of small ways we bless and curse each other every day, and I am asking how much our declarations impact.
When you say God bless you. May He reward you for your service, what do you mean? Do you believe God will send a special gift to someone in response to your words? Or do you mean that you hope he will keep doing what he’s already doing? Do the words mean anything at all, besides agreeable feelings?
Do you bless others verbally with the gifts you wish for them?
Could you claim people for Christ? Speak His forgiveness of sins? Bring healing to broken places?
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. What does that mean?
I will share more thoughts on this next time. But first, I’d like to hear from you. What thoughts and stories do you have to share? Don’t be shy. I’m not (usually) as loco as I sound.