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The Power of a Word

By Chris Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

We know from Genesis that God used just four words “Let there be light”, and the Universe was created, a place of incredible vastness, filled with galaxies, stars, black holes, moons, planets and of course the Earth.

There was a power and a purpose in what He said that was clear, unambiguous and to the point.

Similarly, when God recognised Jesus at His baptism with not only a physical  of a dove but also with a voice from heaven that said “This is my Son whom I love”” (Matthew 3 :17). Powerful words indeed from our all powerful creator and Father God.

So God’s words have power and so do ours! We know what James wrote in his letter, in chapter 3 with him warning us about how we should “tame the tongue”, James also wrote (3 v 6) “the tongue who is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body”. I do believe that we as believers consider what we say, who we say it to and when we say it. We can use our words to encourage each other, to build each other up, to disciple and to help deliver God’s message to all we meet. We can use our words to strengthen relationships, or to build new ones and maybe in a future Sunday meeting we should all try and speak to somebody we don’t know very well at the end of the meeting – see what happens when we step out in faith!

The challenge for us in the current world we live in is to apply the same spiritual controls to our social media presence; do we use our messages, our social media words, to likewise build up and encourage relationships, or is it more likely to be the opposite? God will use us for His purposes as we read in Philippians 2 v 13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil His good purpose” and that goes for all of our interactions both physical and online, so let’s consider our online words in the same way as our spoken ones, and together build up our church brothers and sisters through them.

When we see the life of Jesus in the Gospels, we see that Jesus knew exactly what to say and when to say it because of His relationship with our Heavenly Father God. By opening ourselves up to a deeper relationship with Jesus we too can have the spiritual wisdom and knowledge that will give us the power of the right word at the right time – so let’s use it!

Blessings to you all.

Chris Griffiths of Jubilee Church Wirral

Chris Griffiths, Jubilee Church Wirral

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