Sometimes in church we’re asked to say something or pray out loud. It is at these times that I am reminded of what I call a personal revelation about the “Word.” My reference regarding this is John 1:1-2. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
How about that for a definition of the Lord? My revelation is based on my own insight that makes sense to me as is subsequently referenced throughout scripture. The association between the tongue and the Word confirms for me the innate power and existence of God. Now before you think me to be off my rocker, let me explain. The tongue, a.k.a. the Word, has the power to heal, the power to kill, the power to uplift and save, as well as, condemn and destroy. After all, the bible says God “spoke” us into existence with the utterance of a single phrase, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3.
Given my limited mental capacity, I can think of a lot of other ways to describe God. The Word might not be my preferred choice. Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent come to mind. But remember my revelation puts all of this on a different plane for me. During a certain Pentecost the Holy Spirit came in what was described as, “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3. Listen. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. It’s this truth that I think I’m talking about. How many times have you been destroyed by a comment or criticism? How many times have you been uplifted by a compliment? How many of you have used words to uplift? How many of you have used words to destroy?
Remember, faith comes by hearing? We go to church to hear a Word. The gospel of Jesus Christ is characterized as the ‘good news’ and our witness is to spread the truth by word. Our power then, rest in the use of our tongues. Our entire existence revolves around an understanding that we are made in the image of God. We therefore must accept our part in the truth of His Word, in Him being the first and last and forever Word. I guess you could extrapolate out of all this that we are indeed an extension of God’s Word. What if you knew that the words that come out of your mouth are directly from God? What if you knew the real spirituality, the real nature of those words? To use them unwisely would be a sin against man and a sin against God, don’t you think? Now to use them wisely, lovingly, charitably and humbly would be to act according to God’s will, because they would be coming through you from God. For me this revelation is a blessing because it lets me know I have a choice. I have to do my best to break some bad habits but I have a choice when it comes to how I use my the blessed words coming out of my mouth to convey what should be in my heart. I should not be using them to manipulate and malign. I hope you would agree this is powerful stuff. :…Warn then before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who handles the Word of truth.’ 2 Timothy 14-16. The Word created me. The Word saved me. Now it’s my turn.
May god bless and keep you always.