Posted by: mamaamy | March 13, 2008

The Importance of the Word

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As I have been praying for each of you, I have been asking the Lord if there is anything that He would like to say to us. As nothing in particular came to me, I started to read the Bible and remain open to hear from Him. Several verses stood out and kept coming back to me as I read so I will share with you those verses and what came of me pondering those words.

First I would like to show how valuable and important the word is. This is a study unto itself, but I would declare the scriptures make it clear that the Word of God is the Lord Jesus. He is the means by which God deals with humankind. The spoken word is so valuable and important that the name given to Jesus before he became flesh and dwelt among us is The Word. You can see too that He is called that once again in Revelation at the end of the age.

John 1:1-14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…

Gen. 15:1-5 The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying…and He took him outside and said…

Hebrews 4:12-13 The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…and there is no creature hidden from His sight…

Revelation 19:13 And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.

I say all that to make the point that the spoken word is obviously important and it is powerful.

See also what Jesus says to His disciples in John 15:3: “You are already clean by the words I have spoken to you.” His words and Him as the Word indicates the very power of God. When Christ ascended to heaven and sent His Holy Spirit to come into us He said: “but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses…” There is power in the Spirit we now have within us to speak. We can walk in the Spirit or we can speak of our own accord. I believe that either way the word by its very nature is powerful.

This being the case, we need to be careful with the words that we speak. Are they our own words or are they words from The Word? Here are the verses that I have been pondering:

Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

James 1:19-20 This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

Proverbs 20:3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man (or woman) but any fool can quarrel.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness within, than a house full of feasting with strife.

Proverbs 21:9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

Proverbs 12:18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

What I saw for myself in these verses is that I must consider my words more carefully. There are times when a word from me changes the mood of an entire evening. I can say something that is a bit harsh, critical, quarrelsome or questioning and it is like the letting out of water. It is the beginning of a rush of words that were much better left unsaid.

I looked up these two words strife and contention. Let’s look at the definitions:

Strife: bitter conflict, discord, antagonism, war

Contention: a struggling together in opposition, a striving in rivalry, controversy

These are hard terms. The Bible verses remind us that our husbands are not the enemy, they are not the opponent, nor are they rivals. The verse in Proverbs 12 talks about rash words as a thrusting sword. This is battle terminology. In Proverbs 17 and 21 it says that if we bring strife or contention by our words, our husbands would be better off poor and alone.

Proverbs 14:1 The wise woman builds her house but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

Our words are powerful. Our husbands need to hear the powerful words that bring edification, encouragement, love, and kindness. Let us build up our house and our husbands with our words.

Mama Amy

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