Words either create or destroy. This past week, I saw both. A word formed in anger, shot to kill. The wound was deep. A word meant to cover up a lack of effort, drove a wedge into a relationship. A word of encouragement that lead someone to see God afresh after decades of isolation. A word that made a loss more bearable.
Scripture reminds us of the truth about words and our call to employ them judiciously
o God creates with words
o And God said, "Let there be light," Genesis 1:3
o Jesus is the Word of God
o In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
o Jesus sustains with his word
o he sustains all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:3b
o Words destroy
o The tongue also is a fire….sets the whole course of one's life on fire…James 3:6
o A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. Proverbs 16:28
o Words cut both ways
o The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them. Proverbs 12:6
How will you create (or destroy) with words today?