In our conversations, do we appeal to reason?.. Emotion?.. Or do we rather appeal to truth, mercy (undeserved compassion), and grace (undeserved kindness)? From this perspective we might probably appreciate that words are more than just pronouncements but rather serve a more crucial role; after all, in the beginning was the word…
Maybe most of us would identify ourselves with our occupations or skill sets, while some would stick to the name dropping that is so commonplace all over the world across cultures( Hello, I’m Charles 😉 ). And yet, in a setting of strangers, how do you introduce yourself? Are you who/what you say you are?
Words and deeds are primarily what define us; as it is not only what we are that counts, but also of importance is what we become or do. Thus we narrow in our focus to words and their place in the universe. As one put it, “words offer the means to meaning and for those who listen, an enunciation of the truth.” This power all under the stewardship of the tongue is therefore an important gift to the human race. Just as words are conveyed in spoken or written form, similarly too they bear the creative and performance form of an art; also the systematic form and lay out of a science, a balance.
The effect of words stretches beyond the reach of only the ears as they are able to stimulate or dampen a situation due to their emotional attachment capacity.’ A word is the source of every deed, a thought, of every act. Their absolute mistress is the tongue.’ And just as a harsh word stirs up anger, also a word fitly spoken is likened to apples of gold in silver settings and how agreeable are honest words! ‘A man rejoices in giving the right answer, and a word spoken at the right time-how good it is!’(Solomon guys!) The effect that words has is directly linked to the intent of the speaker just as it is written, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” so a measure of our words is in essence a measure of ourselves and of our truth.
In the inspired record, in the beginning was the word. The word of God declares God to the world and just as it is written, “for the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.” And “for just as the rain and the snow pour down from heaven and do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results, but will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight, and it will have sure success in what I send it to do.”
God, Most High, has such confidence in his word and that makes us even more confident in putting our trust in him. It is no doubt then that Moses and the lamb both accurately quoted, “man does not live on bread alone but man lives by every expression from Jah’s mouth.” Words have a huge role to play in our existence and if our words bear that much weight how much more the words of God?