“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”
The following list began one recent evening as I was praying. I asked the Lord, “Would you please speak to me?”
I expected a conversation, perhaps a few sentences or so, but He simply said, “Word.”
And then He began speaking this list, showing me mental images of what each one indicates. I put off writing it up for a few days, then finally went to the computer and began.
As I typed, word after word came to mind, even just now as I thought I was about through. Words are:
Containers Explainers Definers Descriptors Expressors
Impressors Stressors Reminders Triggers Tools Equipment
Weapons Armor Creators Destroyers Healers Deliverers
Revealers Directors Commanders Preventers Protectors
Comforters Empowerers Teachers Trainers Restrainers
Discipliners Punishers Confusers Illustrators Distributors
Distracters Deceivers Changers Carriers Manipulators
Stitchers Connectors Planters Disguisers Separators
You can probably come up with a few more.
Words are important. The way we use words is important. The unspoken words too, those non-verbal, physical expressions we use when speaking, are also important. Shrugs, frowns, smiles, leers, raised eyebrows, smirks, wrinkled noses, for instance, can add emotion, emphasize or negate what we are stating.
Why? Why are words so important?
Remember Genesis chapter 1? God created everything that exists and He used words to do it.
“And God commanded, Be, Light.” (Genesis 1:3, literal from Hebrew)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Words contain power, not just God’s words, even our own words. I think we need to be more thoughtful, more careful, the way we fling words around.