Words Matter

Words. They are hyper important. They are a really, really big deal. But, in our present world with electronic communication being our primary form of interaction, words are losing their value and even being replaced with symbols, gifs, and emojis. It seems to me this actually diminishes us as people.

Although, words are such a common and intricate part of our daily lives, we rarely stop to consider their value. Think about their incredible importance. They communicate the invisible. They bring life to our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. They are so very powerful. They can cause tears of joy or fists to the face. They take on a life of their own and do not go away. Think of things said to you or that you have said to others in the past which still live-on good or bad.

The importance of words should be of no surprise to us who are Followers of Jesus and following the teachings of the Bible. Scripture makes very clear the hyper importance, spirituality, and eternal nature of words. Just consider a few of many verses concerning these things. (By the way... this is not where you skip over these verses, but rather, read them with intrigue and wonder!)
 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”  John 1:1-4
  “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”  James 3:5
 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  Hebrews 4:12

   “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.”  Psalm 119:89

   “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

How well do you know the Word of God? What role does it play in your daily life? Do you understand the amazing and eternal importance of God’s Word in your life and also the things you choose to say? Do you pay careful attention to the words you use in writing and/or speaking to God, others, and yourself? Do we really understand how powerful our words are for good or bad and their eternal nature? We should ask God the Father to help us better understand these things and to give us the desire and strength to weigh our words more carefully.