The Power of Words

by Katie Reno

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The grass withers and flowers fade, but the Word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8

Within seconds, words spoken over us impact the way we view God, ourselves and others. It can also affect how we personally form our own opinions. I’ve thought recently about the different life changing words spoken over me. Words I’ve allowed to shape my thinking as a wife, mom, friend and fellow believer. Words. Are. Powerful.

There are life-giving words that transform us inside and out. I’m sure we can all think of a time (or probably many times) when a statement was made which caused our hearts to feel loved. As a mom, words can’t describe the feeling when your child says “I love you, mommy” for the first time. Maybe a compliment from someone has been given before or maybe a scripture encouraged you at just the right time. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear a specific word from the Lord through someone. I can think of times when I’ve been in the thick of a dry season and God would lay a scripture on someone’s heart to send me. Words I may have read or heard before but in that moment, it transformed something in the deep places of my heart. Those kind of words are so powerful to even lift you out of a deep dark pit.

Because this world is just down right broken, there are sadly words God never desired to be communicated to His children. Somehow these words leave a sting and can cause us to doubt everything we’ve ever thought before about ourselves, others or even God. If you’re like me, I seem to remember the hurtful words more than I should need to. The kind where insecurity rises, anger quickly appears or negative thoughts become evident. Some of the harder ones to deal with are when they are spoken by someone you love or have trusted.

It’s been well over 14 years since I was in middle school but I still remember when a negative comment was made about my physical appearance. I can tell you what I was wearing that day and how it made me feel. And if I’m completely honest, I didn’t believe it was something maybe not true or even think to forgive the one who said it until COLLEGE. Seriously!

Have we truly thought about what words we are holding onto that God never intended for us to? When we hold onto hurtful words, it’s easy to allow them to overflow into other areas of our lives. We all know someone who has been deeply wounded by words and it affects how they even communicate. There’s freedom in letting go of hurtful words.

I obviously need to address the yucky feeling of knowing when I have said something hurtful to someone. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be hurtful. There’s always a way to find justification for our actions if we allow it. Freedom in asking for forgiveness is just as powerful as receiving. Praise the Lord for His grace in these hard moments.

There’s also the power of speaking encouraging words over someone. If God prompts something within me to share, I need to be obedient in telling. Words could change a person’s thinking about who they are forever. As believers, we have been given the responsibility to communicate with words about who Jesus is. Our words can be used for someone to experience SALVATION- now that’s absolutely amazing!

The power of words is something worth thinking about. The power of God’s Word is even more worth dwelling on.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to diving soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

We have been given HIS WORDS to live by- what a gift! The scriptures are rich in wisdom and can speak to any heart on what it needs. God’s Word is life giving, true and trustworthy. May we all meditate on the very words that are worth more than anything on this Earth.

Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

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