Word. Or more precisely God’s Word. It’s so powerful and life changing.
Here’s a few verses I’ve found really helpful when thinking about God’s Word:
“The word of God is ALIVE and ACTIVE, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the THOUGHTS and ATTITUDES of the heart.” – Hebrews 4v12
The Bible isn’t just something we pick up, read and put down again, it changes our hearts, thoughts and attitudes. It’s alive and actively changing us from the inside out.
All Scripture is GOD-BREATHED and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for EVERY GOOD WORK.” – 2 Timothy 3v16
The Bible is God’s Word, and what he says goes! God’s Word is to help us, change us, grow us to be more like Jesus in every way.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves, DO WHAT IT SAYS.” James 1v22
How many times have we listened to the sermon in Church on Sunday and tuned out because it’s seemed irrelevant? Or maybe we have listened and thought about how we can make our lives more like Jesus, but then roll around Monday morning and nothing’s changed: cue excuses. God calls us to DO what he says through His Word.
I love Psalm 119 (yes I know it’s long) because it speaks all about God’s word. Verse 105 has got to be my favourite:
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
God’s word GUIDES us, through everything. It’s the light that leads us home. God’s word is the light that leads us to Jesus.
This Psalm was well thought out, it was’t just something that was thought up and written down straight away, the author took time over it. This doesn’t really come across in the English translation, but in the original Hebrew, the first word of every line in each stanza (set of 8 verses in our English bibles) began with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. All the way from ‘Aleph’ to ‘Taw’.
And the author uses lots of different words for ‘word’, which are repeated throughout the Psalm, from precepts to law, and from statutes to commands. The author values God’s Word so highly, and we should too.
Words have power
Recently I’ve been challenged about the power of our words… God’s word has A LOT more power than our words do, but we can still choose to either hurt or heal with what we say to others — Are we going to choose to encourage someone or gossip about them with our words?
Jesus calls us to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5v13-16), that includes every part of our lives — how we use our words matters.