Ah, the power of words. Spoken words, written words, they do linger.
Spoken words remain in the minds of the speaker and the hearer. They last there, for good 0r bad, bringing hurt or healing, evoking laughter or tears. Once they are out there, you can’t take them back. Words are powerful.
The written word wields that same potential… perhaps to an even greater degree. Written words can inspire or destroy, encourage or deject, and impart knowledge…worthy or not.
Fortunately, with the written word, we have the opportunity to let it sit, mull it over, edit and revise. It is beneficial to do just that, and to pray over the work. Actually, let’s do that first. We should ask God to guide every thought, every stroke of the pen or peck on the keyboard. We so need the Omnipotent One, the all-powerful One, to capacitate the flow of words and of His Spirit.
Listen to this!
“For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.”
-John 3:34 (NIV)
In this passage, John the Baptist was defending Jesus. His words refer to Jesus. Now here’s the incredible thing! Because of the death and resurrection of Christ, those words apply to us, in whom the Spirit dwells! We have that same Spirit…without limit!
As Paul prayed for the folks at Ephesus, let’s embrace these words as written for us, personally.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”
-Ephesians 1:17-19 (NIV)
Let’s receive that power! And may we portray the evidence of God in us in every word we speak and write.