Words have monumental force. They can be contrived or fashioned to activate memories, trigger ideas, interpret situations and prompt feelings and actions. Science acknowledges the physiological and psychological power inherent in words.

For example, in one research study, investigators observed that by merely mentioning the word ‘elderly’ their subjects noticeably began to walk more slowly than usual and by reading words such as ‘loving-kindness, mercy and compassion’ their subjects’ moods began to alter positively and anxiety was reduced.

Words are said to be like living organisms which have the potential to grow, change, spread and influence individuals, organizations and societies directly or indirectly, for better or for worse. Words can divide or unite, destroy or build, connect or disconnect. It is also astonishing how much impact words can have on health outcomes. For instance, the findings of a longitudinal research study by Schwartz (2003) revealed that the words parents spoke to their children particularly in their formative years directly affected their health and that of their children for decades.

Children from loving homes where positive affirmations were lavishly diffused had less coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and were less prone to alcoholism than their counterparts raised in families where they were called by negative words constantly.

The Bible has much to say about the power of words. In Proverbs 18:21 it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The Apostle James labels the tongue as “a fire, a world of iniquity” (James 3:6). As a foolish person might play with a loaded gun so a person who lacks understanding utters words, carelessly. The words that we speak are an index or litmus test of our mind. Profanity can only come from a profane heart: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” (Luke 6:45). However, when used wisely and appropriately, words can encourage and positively transform lives. They can be a healing balm. God spoke the world into existence. Then He continued to speak to His creation through the prophets and, in these last days, He has spoken to us through His Son (Hebrews 1:1, 2). Jesus, the Word, was made flesh and dwelt among us. This Word has ultimate authority over all other words. Through His Son God speaks to us words of eternal life, words of love, words of victory, words of hope and words of kindness. Jesus infuses healing and regeneration to every atrophying facet of our lives. As the Word, He cancels and makes null and void whatever negative utterances Satan has made against us. http://youtu.be/MWkIVDKfh9w

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