Why do we give so much power to words?
Words give life or death as the scripture say:
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT)
21 The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
Well, not only life or death but I’ll take it one step farther and say words cause battle wounds that can last a life time!
Words cut deep when thrown just right. Old battle wounds sometimes seem to never heal because the scar gets bumped, bruised, or even reopened sometimes.
What happens to a person is that they’re doing fine until one day they’re having an everyday normal conversation and a word is said very innocently and it struck something deep inside of them. Meaning it pierced straight into their soul where they thought things were healed.
Some people think oh, how can that bother them- that happened twenty years ago don’t you think they would have let it go by now? It’s not always the case. And then there are people that say,” man they need ‘tougher skin’ or they’re ‘too sensitive’ ”. For me, being a person where words have dug some deep battle wounds it is hard to understand that way of thinking.
Words hit deep, sometimes deeper than we want to admit. So why do we give so much power to words, well, I think it has to come back to will they breathe life into someone or breathe death into them?
I am still a work in progress and do words still hurt yes they do! It would be a lie if I said otherwise but, for me, knowing that Jesus loves me regardless of what was said over or about me years ago is my saving grace when words cut deep but HIS WORD HEALS, AMEN!!!
So even if or when people speak words that are not life or encouragement into my life now it does not matter because Jesus is with me always and HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME, AMEN!!! Does it mean it doesn’t hurt no, but what it means is that I lay it at HIS feet immediately and not pick them up to be replayed over and over in my head by the enemy!!!
So when I find certain words that trigger memories I have to remember that I can’t expect people to change the way they talk around me it just means I have to change the way I think. Take every thought captive and replace it with truth! His Truth, Amen!
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
I have to remember to keep my relationship with Jesus first and foremost above ALL else! AMEN!!!
So the take home message, no matter how hard the hit is when words come at you remember Jesus is YOUR shield!!!
And always let YOUR words speak LIFE not DEATH into someone’s life, AMEN!!!