Greetings to you in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. By the special grace of the almighty God, the theme for this month shall be THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD.
WHAT’S THE SPOKEN WORD?
Going back to the beginning of creation, one could easily conjecture that words are God’s instrument for creation. That is, the phrase “and God said …” (Genesis 1:1-26) underscores the power in God’s spoken words. Following the creation of man, words have since become our medium of communication, interaction and expression of feelings. Man’s first assignment with exercising his right to the use of words could be found in Genesis 2:20 — “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field …”. So, the spoken word irrespective of its brevity can be quite significant in sustaining the human race.
SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SPOKEN WORD
No doubt from our introductory narrative, it is easy to relate with some characteristics of the spoken word as follows:
1. The spoken word is potent. That is, it can bring about life or death (Proverbs 18:21).
2. The potency of the spoken word is often a reflection of the authority of its speaker. For example, the words of a king or ruler carry so much power (Ecclesiastes 8:4).
3. The impact of the spoken word is measurable by the consequence it produces.
4. Words are like arrows, once released, it’s very hard to have them retracted (Psalm 64:3).
SOME TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR WORDS EFFECTIVE IN 2020
Equipped with the knowledge above, it is therefore imperative that we put our words to good use in the months ahead. Below are a few pointers to guide us in our usage of the spoken word:
1. Be gracious with
your use of the spoken word (Colossians 4:6). That is, always strive to
ensure that your words do not leave the hearers subjugated. The world
could do with more peace and love in challenging times as these.
2. Emulate God and strive to always exercise authority over negative situations around you with your spoken words (Matthew 12:37, Genesis 1:28).
3. Always strive to make the word of God a reference for your life (Psalm 119:105).
4. Always show consideration for others by thinking about the consequence of your words before letting them out. For example, you could ask yourself the question: how would the hearer feel after hearing what you’re about to say?
I’d therefore like to encourage you to exercise caution in the months ahead, knowing that your spoken word can make or mar…
Happy new month!
Yours in HIS service,
TRCCG Amazing Grace Parish, Sydney Australia