The Power of Words - The Word is Jesus

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1 (NIV)

There is no question that words are important to God. In John 1:1, Jesus is referred to as “the Word”. Back up to Genesis 1 and we find that all God had to do was speak…”God said”…and things happened. God created light and water and sky and land and on and on just by saying words!

Maybe we can’t just speak and create an ocean, but our words do have the power to create. When we greet someone with a “how are you today?” or “you look nice” or just a simple “hello” we can change the tone of someone’s day. Throw in a “how’s your mom?” or “is there anything I can do” or a “let’s do lunch” and you’ve created intimacy and friendship.

Of course we all know the power of negative words. Throw out a “You’re wearing that!” “You’re so stupid.” “You never do anything right.” And you’ve created depression, anxiety and anger.

I spend time with a certain teenage boy who picks on his little sister a lot. She falls down, gets hurt and cries and his response is “You’re such a baby. You always cry.” She gets an “A” on a test and he says “So? It’s easy. It’s 3rd grade. Anybody can do that.”

With his almost-a-swear-word lingo he uses when I’m around (and you know it’s got to be much worse when adults are not around), any one sentence from this boy can bring you down. And then, one day, out of the blue, I made him laugh when without thought, but with heaven sent humor, I responded, “Just tell me how you really feel.” And oh that laugh, that smile of his. It was so bright, so genuine, and so brief.

That got me to thinking, what are the words in this boy’s head? The words to himself. I’ll bet, in his head, he pulls himself down lower than low. Lower than he’s ever managed to pull his little sister down. Lower than he’s ever managed to pull me down. Lower than anyone has ever managed to pull him down. That bravado of his is masking his lack of confidence.

And so I have a goal, to use my words to call him on it when his words are negative and mean, but also to use my words to try to replace the negatives in his head with something more positive. What I am hoping to show him is love. Even when he’s unlovable.

Hold him accountable, yes.

Have consequences for his actions, definitely.

Be consistent, it’s the only way.

Continue to show this boy what love looks like, even when he’s…difficult. <Deep breath> Sign me up.


The Power of Positive Words! Man, this song makes me feel good!

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pigfish 7 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Amen sister!

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xixi12 6 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

Very powerful. People do not realise that their words create them. The bible says we have been created in his image & likeness and just as he used his words to create the universe, we can also use our words to make things in our favour

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pigfish 6 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Well said xixi12. Glad you stopped by.

Texan40 6 years ago

Isaiah 55:11 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Such a powerful reminder of what words can accomplish! The Word of God begat life in the womb of Mary so that we could all have life! That word returned to the Father after defeating both death and sin and accomplishing that which it was spoken into life for.

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pigfish 6 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Texan40, just moments ago I was writing an encouraging note for a friend who has to make a very difficult decision. Your comment really hit home. Thanks.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I love the concept you expressed with, "but our words do have the power to create." Looking forward to checking out more of your work.

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pigfish 5 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Thank you RTalloni. Your thoughtful words were more timely than you'll ever know. I am glad you stopped by.

Base cap 5 years ago

You're lucky to have such a supportive sister. Best of luck to you in what you're going through.

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pigfish 5 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Base cap,you must know my sister! Haha! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the kind words.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, pigfish, GREAT, GREAT hub about the Greatest Name Ever, Jesus! Voted UP, Awesome, Interesting, Beautiful. No words cannot describe how good this hub made me feel. God bless and smile on you now and for the rest of your life. Go in peace and be blessed.

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pigfish 5 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

I am so glad you stopped by kenneth avery! You made my night! May God bless you and smile on you as well.

ps. k.p.majhi 5 years ago

very good encouragement words that theword is livingand creative can change the life

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pigfish 4 years ago from Southwest Ohio Author

Thank you. "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." -- Hebrews 4:12

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