The Power of Words

Writers and readers are captivated by words. Given that you’re viewing my blog, I assume you fit one or both of those titles and can relate. Christian bloggers often use Bible verses about words on their About page or as their tagline. It’s true. The Bible affirms that words are powerful.

Today I want to put aside written words for a bit to share some of my thoughts – and to hear yours – on spoken words.

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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

-Revelation 1:3

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy…

If you’re a follower of Christ, you’ve probably experienced firsthand the rich blessings of reading His Word. You probably have testimonies of how the Bible has proved itself in your life to be alive, active, and sharper than a double-edged sword.

But is the Lord promising additional blessing for anyone who reads aloud the words of the prophecies in Revelation? Is He promising – by extension – additional blessing for anyone who reads aloud any of His Word?

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
the starry host by the breath of his mouth.

-Psalm 33:6

Why is it that the Lord chose words and not thought or gesture to bring the world into existence?

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

-Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)

And so it seems that the power of the spoken word stands like two bookends around the rest of the Bible. But it’s also emphasised throughout, perhaps most extensively by James in his epistle (Read James 3:1-12).

Words and Salvation

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your hear that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

-Romans 10:9-10

Arguably more important than any of the above-mentioned examples of the power of words is their God-given place in the saving of souls.

I recognise that there are people who are born unable to hear or speak. Such is one devastating effect of sin in this world. I believe that the Lord, in His wisdom, makes appropriate provisions for the mute to be able to experience the blessings of eternal life. And how much greater will their joy in heaven be when they receive their voice and use it to sing praises to their Savior.

But for who those of us who can speak, it seems that the Lord has chosen – for reasons unbeknown to me – to use the spoken word in His plan for salvation.

So let us use the words He’s given us to go and spread the Good News of the Gospel that saves. As the LORD who gave human beings their mouths commissioned Moses to go and speak on His behalf, so Jesus has commissioned us to go and make disciples of all nations. Let’s use our mouths and obey.

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9 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. Hmm… I’ve never exactly thought of that in this way before… very thought-provoking. Those verses from Romans, I’ve come to understand, imply more than a one-time proclamation; its an ongoing action. Believers will continue to confess their sins and proclaim Jesus as Lord all their lives, as well as believe in their hearts. That ties in perfectly with your thoughts about spoken words and their power in salvation. And I love what you pointed out about words and the creation.

    Anyway, I don’t know exactly what I’m trying to say here, but once again, wonderful post, Jordy! Thanks for always sharing such profound thoughts to deepen our faith. xx

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    1. What a wonderful way to put it, Emily! Yes! Salvation totally results in more than a one-time proclamation! And so our words become an ongoing testimony to the Lord’s work in our life. I just keep thinking that His design in life and salvation is so intricate an well thought-out.

      Praise be to the Author and Perfector of our faith who chooses to use our words to accomplish His purposes. Thanks for reading again, dear friend.

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  2. Excellent post, Jordy! I really don’t have anything to add. It was quite powerful. 🙂 I suppose that’s because of it was made up of words!

    Personally, I tend to be the kind of person who rolls my eyes when people worry over something cruel that someone has said to them – “They’re just words! Toughen up!” Honestly, I still can’t help but feel a little like this … that people are too sensitive to what people say to them. xD And that’s a terrible thing to think or say, but it’s how I feel even though I know it’s wrong.

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    1. Haha, you constantly amuse me with your words – particularly the way that you say things as you see them, which often sounds strange to my ears.

      Have you heard of the concept of the Five Love Languages? According to this theory, one of the ways people give and receive love is through words. People who “speak” and “receive” this love language more strongly are probably more likely to be easily offended by words than people who weigh more strongly in one of the four other love languages. My primary love language is words. Do you know yours? I think it helps to be aware of others’ needs that are unique to them, and that it’s a great first step in caring for them deeper.

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      1. Thank you, Jordy! I think … 😉

        Yes, I’ve heard of that concept! Not really looked into it a great deal, though. I think my primary love language would either be physical touch or quality time. More likely quality time, though, because I tend to be very frugal with my hugs. 😛 I like my personal space, if you will.

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      2. Hehe, yes, take it as a compliment.

        I seem to meet a lot of quality time people. I kind of think we (humans as a whole) have become starved for quality time in our age of business and multitasking on technology while we’re “listening” to others. Maybe that’s why so many people seem to need it.

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      3. Yes, perhaps! I don’t spend a lot of time with people, I don’t believe … I tend to keep to myself as much as possible. I value both independency and aloneness as an introvert who likes to stand on her own two feet (both a fault and a strength? Probably mostly a fault). But since I can be kinda stingy with spending time with people – I admit that fault fully! – I suppose it makes me feel special when someone takes time out of their busy lives to spend time with me!

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      4. I recognize that you can’t deal with every little thing in your life at once, but maybe one day – in the Lord’s timing – He’ll help you to deal with valuing independence and aloneness to the extent that it is a problem. Recognizing the fault in it seems like a good portion of the battle, even if not exactly half. It would be sad for you, having gotten that far, to stay there the rest of your life. But all in good time, right? We just need to stay responsive to the Lord so that when He prods our hearts we consent to His redeeming work in our lives. ❤

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      5. Yep, I know I have a lot to work on, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning! Right now I’ve kinda been working on one thing at a time, I think, but I do know I have tonnnsss more that needs work!

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