THE POWER OF WORDS
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me.” Have you ever said that as a kid when someone called you names or said something nasty to you? That is a lie!
Physical injuries heal but words do far more permanent damage than sticks and stones. What about the angry words of your father who yelled, “You’ll never amount to anything”? What about your teacher who belittled you with the words, “You are stupid”? What about your mom who shouted, “I never wanted you”?
These words form the spectacles through which you view and interpret everything that happens to you in life. “I’m useless; I’m stupid; I’m not wanted.” And, worst of all, you think that God thinks the same of you as those who spoke those cruel words.
Yes, words are far more damaging than sticks and stones. But what about words that give us a different pair of spectacles through which to view life?
One day Jesus went down to the Jordan River to be baptised by John. As He came up out of the water a Voice came out of the sky. What did He say? “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!”
Did Jesus need those words? He knew that He was the Son of God. He knew that God loved Him. Yes, He needed those words like any other human son. He had to go through some really tough experiences and He needed to know that, all the way, He was His Father’s beloved Son.
I am sure that the sound of His Father’s affirmation ringing in His ears, carried Him through some very difficult times. He spent forty days without food and water in the wilderness where Satan tried to make Him act independently of His Father. But He kept hearing those words, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” He would never betray His Father’s trust in Him.
Is it because we don’t take God seriously that we say things that do serious damage to people and especially to our children? No, it’s more than that. We don’t actually realise that what we say reveals more about us than it does about the person we are saying it to!
Jesus put it this way to the Pharisees: “…It’s your heart, not the dictionary that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season… Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” Matthew 12:34b-37 (The Message).
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