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Words Mean Something

By: Admin on May 9, 2013

A leadership coach hammered into me this saying, "Words mean something! Be careful of which words you use and how you use them."

Words do mean something. There is the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.". In counselling sessions the majority of people I have dealt with would disagree vigorously with that saying as they have been deeply hurt by words. Another saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword" is certainly true as entire nations can have their courses altered through words.

Sometimes we intend to say something meaningful, but when we don't match our actions to our words, the words fall flat. Saying, "I love you" to your spouse without so much as giving them one hour per day of uninterrupted time or lifting your hand to help them with something practical leaves the recipient of those words feeling cheated.

By the same token, our words can certainly build up, strengthen and encourage. Just shouting out, "D-Fence" at a game can rally an entire football team to stop their opponents' scoring drive. A sincere, "Good work," can help a young artist, writer or worker build up their skills, abilities and quality.

The Bible contains certain words that are full of meaning. Some of them we know, some of them we don't know so well. But as we get to know them and allow the meanings of those words to directly influence our lives, we will experience a profound change.

Words like Eve in Genesis 3:20. Eve means, "life". Mothers carry and sustain life. Eve was the mother of all people. But she also represents God to us, because ultimately God gives and sustains life.

Raca in Matthew 5:22 is an Aramaic insult shouted out at someone in anger. But our anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. How do we deal with our anger?

Compassion is what we are called to have because God is a God full of compassion. It is a word with a deep, powerful meaning that if we truly understand we will be driven to make a true difference in the lives of those who are hurting and needy.

Unity: It isn't just, "getting along", it is a deep, powerful bond, the cement between each other because of Jesus. Jesus himself said that He and God the Father were, "One" in perfect unity and that we must be, too.

Logos: "Word" - not just symbols on paper. Not just a dictionary definition. It is the complete expression of God. It is our way of expressing who we are. The "Word" is not empty or vain and for us to use words in an empty, vain way reveals who we are, just as much as powerful, encouraging, uplifting and wise words show the depth of our character.

Abba - the Aramaic word for, "daddy". We rarely think of God in those terms, yet Jesus told us that is how we approach God. We call him Abba because we love him and depend on him.

Join us beginning May 12 through June 16 as we take a look at these powerful words.

Topics: bible, message series

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