Words carry such power, within a simply statement one can build up or tear down with hardly any effort. Scripture tells us the power of life and death are in the tongue, are words are strong enough to start a wildfire that burns everything in its path. Merriam Webster defines word: a remark, order, information, a rumor, a promise, the expressed or manifested mind and will of God.
Throughout scripture we see time and time again the spoken word being used to convey life, hope, promises, and even death and destruction. Looking back to genesis and creation we see that God spoke the universe into existence, every planet, rock, animal, and person created by God and for a purpose. It was through a faithfulness to obey the word of God, Noah built the ark and survived the great flood. It was through the promise given to Abraham that an entire nation was born. It was through words of forgiveness that Joseph forgave and saved his family from starvation. It was through the words spoken by God through Moses that the children of Israel left slavery during the exodus. I could go on and on, but the greatest words I believe those of us who believe will ever hear is - Well Done good and faithful servant - well done.
One of my favorite passages of scripture is John 1:1-5, which states "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." Wow, I love that! The Word was already with God from the very beginning. It was only through the Word that life was given breath, it was through the Word creation was made a light within the darkness around us.
Our words are a weighty thing that should never be taken lightly, knowing that every word we speak could either build others up or tear them down is something we should always consider. Life is to short to spend all of our time tearing others down. It should be our goal to speak word of life over others and be a light in a dark world. Before I go, I want to challenge you to think about the words you are speaking every day. Are You building others up or tearing them down?
As always remember you have a God-given uniqueness!
Shalom ~ Alianna