Words have power


A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.  Proverbs 25:11

We all have a great power.  That power is the spoken word.  We can speak life into one another or we can break each other down through the words we speak.

When God created the universe and all things in it, He spoke and it was so (that is power!).  He made humans and created man and woman in His image.  This is unique.  No other created thing was made with this distinction  – “in God’s image.”

What aspect of God’s image did we get?  There are many, but an important characteristic that we possess is the ability to speak.  We have words and the ability to communicate.  Our words have power.

One of the responsibility of the first man, Adam, was to name all the creatures in the garden.  God brought them to Adam so that he could speak a name into them, to give each animal an identity.

Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them.  And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.  Genesis 2:19

Adam gave each animal an identity when he gave them a name.  Later, when God created a second human, Adam gave her a name as well.  His words gave identity.

This power is still available to us today.  We can use words to speak life into others, to build up, to ask forgiveness, to reconcile, to praise and affirm.  Or, we can use our words to break down, hurt, and chastise our children, our wife, our friends and neighbors.

A few kind words can make the difference in someone’s life today.  A word fitly spoken can breath life into someone who needs to be affirmed and encouraged.  We all need to be affirmed on a daily basis.  Each of us is worthy of kind words and affirmation, because we are all made in the image of God.  That image is good.  God did a good thing when he made man and woman.  We must remember that.  We must use our words to lift up and not bring down.

What can you do today to speak words of life into another?  Who can you call?  Who needs a word of encouragement?  Go ahead and do it.  Speak life into another today!

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