“Words are weapons, sharper than knives…

Makes you wonder how the other half died…”

I’m pretty sure I’ve used that video before. Probably in a post about the very same subject. I don’t care, though. I love INXS!

Recently I came across a retweet. I’m not sure who sent it. It contained a link to a blog post that was written to discredit a pair of televangelists.  One of the preachers that was mentioned is someone that I used to be a huge fan of.  Among other issues, the writer claimed that Ms. Evangelist believed idea that “words have power and you can release the power of Heaven through your words.”

Immediately after I read that point, I was perplexed.  No support was provided for why this was a supposed flaw other than a link to a Youtube video. Still, I thought if the writer was trying to demonstrate why Ms. Evangelist was irrelevant, she could have used a different approach.

The idea of words as powerful entities didn’t come out of thin air. In fact, it came from Proverbs 18, verse 21:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Emphasis added.)

A quick Google search reveals that there are other scriptures about the impact of what we say.

Therefore, if I could tell that blogger one thing it would be this: Perhaps words are not powerful to you. But they are powerful. The statement about the evangelist’s supposed error left me with more questions than answers. For instance, if words do not have the ability to conjure the powers of Heaven, then what is it that people are trying to do when they pray?

Indeed, the idea of doubting the power of words seems strange to me. When people make such claims I want to take them aside and say, “Have you ever been upset by someone who gave you a random insult? Or…Have you ever had your heart warmed by a loved one’s kind words?”

I’ve been in love with language since before I first went to school. In my opinion, yes, words are powerful. Whether used positively or negatively, they have the ability to elicit emotions. Emotions can have an impact on people’s stress levels, which in turn can influence their health. What I’ve just said may sound odd to some. However I’ve lived it, and I know others have as well.

The minutiae surrounding how we were created should not be underestimated. In my opinion words matter far more than most of us care to realize.


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