Sticks vs. Words: Which is Stronger?

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

 

When I was a kid we used to say “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” We were either lying, didn’t know what we were saying or  were in outright denial! The fact is that our words are SO much more powerful than physical blows of sticks and stones.

We often fail to appreciate just how much power is contained inside the words we use. This power, like all power, can be used for good or for evil. It was the Word of God that brought the earth into existence. That’s powerful stuff! A few words uttered by an immeasurably powerful Being and-poof!- 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds  of dirt, water and other elements appeared.

We, like God, are given the power of words. With a few exceptions that are noted in the Scripture, God did not give to animals the power of speech (at least not in the same capacity that He gave humans). He did give that gift to His sons and daughters. We therefore must be responsible stewards of the power that has been placed in our mouths.

Can you think of a hurtful word that was said to you? Without thinking too hard, I’m sure you can. We may even be able to remember the tone that was used and the facial expression of the speaker. My next question may be a bit more challenging:

“Were the words that you said in response the right ones?”

One of the things that I love about God is that He always says the RIGHT word at the RIGHT time. God knew that He would need to have a world in existence in order to express Himself as a Creator, a Saviour etc… So at the right moment he spoke and said “Let there be…light, plants, etc..” and it was!

Not only did God speak the right words when creating but when His Son placed holy feet on the very ground that He created, He spoke the right words to a tax collector, a prostitute, an illiterate fisherman and so many others. As we all know, Jesus didn’t have an easy life and He had plenty of opportunities to use the Word to destroy or hurt those around Him. Imagine what would have happened if He had said: “All you mean Pharisees I wish you were dead!” Well, maybe He wouldn’t have gone to Calvary if that had happened but then no one would be able to experience the power of salvation.

The fact is that Christ  CHOSE to use His Words to heal and not to destroy. He CHOSE to use them to correct when necessary instead of letting evil fester in the hearts of his audience. We also must choose to say the right words at the right time. How do we do this?  Check out my forthcoming post:

How Do I Know My Words Are the Right Ones?

 

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