I love the new song by Hawk Nelson entitled ‘Words’. Here are some of the lyrics:
‘They’ve made me feel like a prisoner. They’ve made me feel set free. They’ve made me feel like a criminal. Made me feel like a king. They’ve lifted my heart to places I’ve never been. And they’ve dragged me down back to where I began.
Words can build you up. Words can break you down. Start a fire in your heart or put it out. Let my words be life. Let my words be truth. I don’t wanna say a word unless it points the world back to you.’
Our words, which are the overflow of our heart, are the most consistent and everyday gauge of our relationship with Jesus. We speak anywhere from 7,000-20,000 words on average every day. These words are either filled with blessing, filled with nonsense, or filled with cursing.
I love God’s instructions to Aaron the priest in Numbers 6. It says, starting in verse 23, ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine on you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.’
May we bless people by praying out loud over them, encouraging them, sharing God’s promises with them, filling them with hope, sharing our stories with them as we sympathize with their pain, and speaking words of faith over them even when they are filled with doubt. There is power in the spoken word. God spoke and the universe came into existence. Even as we speak, as Spirit-filled believers, God brings life, peace and hope into the lives of others in a life-changing way. So may our words truly be a blessing today!