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sexta-feira, 22 de julho de 2016
THE POWER OF WORDS
the Lord reached out his hand
and touched my mouth and said to me,
“I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms
to uproot and tear down,
to destroy and overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
Jeremiah 1:9-10 (read 1:4-10) NIV
The spoken or
written word is the most powerful tool we have. A word maliciously spoken may
hurt much more than a stone. Stones may break your bones, but words can injure
your mind and embitter your soul for the rest of your life. Words can give you
joy or bring grief. They can whet your appetite or turn your stomach. They
inspire love or incite hatred!
words to manipulate the masses in order to achieve their goals. Tyrants repeat
lies until people actually believe them. Eighty years ago Hitler employed
hateful words and lying to take a nation to war and genocide. President Bush
repeated the feat after September 11, 2001 in order to invade and destroy two
weak countries, leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent
people! Speech can ignite and bring crowds to insanity such as in Jonestown in
1978 when Pastor Jim Jones led 900 people to ingest deadly poison, claiming
that it was God's command. Today politicians are using words that create fear,
hysteria, anger and hatred which lead to wars and mass shootings and all kinds
With words we
construct our world. Our experiences are translated into words and these words
reinforce these experiences. When we judge ourselves to be offended we can
react with harsh words to create a climate of hostility, or we can use soft
words to disarm and reconcile. Through our words we influence the world around
By using lies
and deception we can create false worlds, subject to crumbling under the light
of truth. We live in worlds built upon falsehoods by those who hold political,
military, economic, and religious power. Their words of self-promotion are used
to hide truth and to lead to biases, exploitation, injustice and violence. Much
of what we are led to see are facades which are destined to collapse at the
moment of truth.
word is intended to "build and plant". It is good news for those who
are suffering the effects of destructive words. It does not call attention to
itself, is not self-promoting and does not hide the truth. It is simple,
humble, open and liberating. It is realistic and optimistic at the same time.
Jesus is the
model of the prophetic word. He did not speak of himself, but of the reality of
the Kingdom which is already here. His words promoted life which consists of
love, forgiveness, justice and peace. God was the "daddy" (or
"Mommy") who embraces everyone as his children. Unfortunately we are
seeing the opposite taking place in our so called Christian societies.
story is a play on words. They can choose whom they want to hear and believe.
Violence is possible, because people choose to believe the words of violence
and let themselves be manipulated. If they embody those words they reproduce destructive
actions. Destruction generates destruction.
people who open their ears and hearts to the words that plant feelings of love
and compassion which in turn build lives. Peace creates peace. Without
peacemakers the world will perish. May the words of
Jesus touch our lips so that we can reveal His Kingdom of love, forgiveness,
justice and peace!!!
1:4-10 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
were born I set you apart;
you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to
speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too
young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do
not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the
Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my
mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint
you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and
overthrow, to build and to plant.”