Words Part II

“Our tongues are like matches, our ears are like trees, our words are like sparks on dry summer leaves, it doesn’t take much for the flames to rise and turn a soul into a forest fire.” These are words from the song, ‘Forest Fire’ by Josh Wilson. The song highlights the power of words and how words can affect a person.

Words are powerful whether written or spoken. They have the power to bind someone to negative power or set them free. They have power to alter one’s thoughts from positive to negative from weak to strong. Words can invite blessings or curses into our lives. They can invite goodness or evil into our lives hence it’s important to watch what we allow to dwell in our hearts. We also need to watch how we speak for words have power to open doors of goodness, blessings or evil into people’s lives

We have a responsibility to speak well, with courtesy and wisdom. But what if we are on the receiving end? What if we have met, been around or even lived with those whose words have become doors that allow negative power into our lives?

The thing is we have responsibility to be a brother’s keeper, but not everyone does that. We will or have met people who are insensitive, who lack wisdom, lack control and love in their speech and so their words will hurt, belittle, embarrass and make people feel awkward.

What happens when we meet such people or have heard words that wound us or even changed our thinking from strong to weak, from positive to negative? Answer, refuse to be controlled. Refused to allow those words to have an impact on you. Refuse to be partisan to those words. To be partisan is to be part and parcel of something.

In Kenya we have political parties like Narc Kenya, Jubilee, ODM etecetra. If you choose to be a politician via Jubilee then it means you accept to be party to it’s terms and conditions. If the party colour is red, then you have to wear red whether you like it or you don’t. If they contribute a certain amount for registration or renewal of it, then you also have to contribute. The little or big things you accept to do make you party to them.

Same with words. If someone; a loved one or a foe speaks words that are full of negativity and we agree to those words, then we will become party to those words hence controlled them.

How do we agree to negative words? By believing that those words speak facts about us and our lives while in actual sense they could just be but opinions!

I have come across a lot of negative words since childhood. I used to get teased alot and I would get words like:- “You have big ears like an elephant, you have big feet like a boy and girls are not meant to have big feet, you are too skinny.” and a lot more This happened most of my primary school and being in the same school for 14 years meant same bullies, same insensitive words. This made me sensitive about my appearance because I only heard the negative and not positive words about my physique, abilities or talents. This made me inferior and I thought all other girls were beautiful apart from me. I wore baggy clothes so that I could hide my ‘skinny’ self. And because I didn’t find myself beautiful, I also thought my abilities or talents were not worth much either. I always hid myself and when around boys, often I would be silent and allow my girl friends whom I saw as beautiful to speak around boys because I didn’t think I was ‘pretty enough’ to be noticed by boys.

As I grow older, I still meet people who are insensitive and lack wisdom in their speech. This goes to show lack of manners and sensitivity in speech is everywhere and with people of all ages. And so what do we do?

Refuse to be partisan to careless words directed to us that are full of bitterness, arrogance, pride, ignorance. We don’t have to accept them. They don’t have to find a home in our hearts.

In the Bible it is written: that a farmer had seeds of which some fell on the street, in the thorny bushes, others on the rocks while others on fertile ground. Those that fell on thorny bushes, choked hence couldn’t produce any plant while those that fell on fertile ground grew and produced forth plant and fruit. And so I choose to be a thorny bush to negative and careless words directed at me. Those words are like seeds which I hope choke with time hence their effect will not have an impact on my mental and emotional health. I, however, choose to become fertile to positive, kind words full of wisdom and power and hence they find a place to grow consequently having an impact on my mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Another way to deal with negative words is to counter them with powerful words from the Bible or another source which has positive energy. For me my power words come from the Bible. Example of a scripture that helps me overcome and be free from the grip of careless, insensitive words that opened a door to inferiority was the word of God in Genesis 1:31 – “He(God) looked at all He had created and it was pleasing.” This scripture is my freedom from lies for I have met truth in them that says I am pleasing🌺 🏡️🌼🌹. I had met boys who said I was pretty but my mind was too manipulated with all the negative words I had grown hearing about my physical appearance that I didn’t believe anyone who said I am beautiful. Genesis 1:31 and Psalms 139:13-14 broke the power of lies and set me free to love and appreciate myself.πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ€©πŸ€— So, every time I feel my self esteem is attacked, I read and meditate on those words hence allowing the positive vibe and the power of the Spirit behind those words have an impact on me.😊

Refuse to be party to negative words further, make an effort or a conscious decision to be around positive people who will build us and open doors of goodness and blessings through their words.

Proverbs 26:2- A curse you don’t deserve is like a bird flying without anywhere to land. So, in prayer declare that words full of negative power and curses are like birds flying without anywhere to land. May they not land in our lives and may the negative power that is wanting to operate through those words not do so in Jesus name!

Words are powerful and when carefully selected, they become doors that allow healing, breakthrough and blessings to flow to us or allow pain, hurt and manipulation to met us. We can either decide to bless, curse and harm people with our words further we have the freedom to choose which words to keep in our hearts and which ones to throw out into the gabbage bin, as gabbage they are! and move on. God bless you.

Jesus Loves

Luke 23:34(NIV)

Jesus said, Father, forgive them for they known what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes casting lots.

To me this☝🏻☝🏻 is love. If someone can say those words knowing very well that people deliberately conspired/wanted to kill and destroy his life and actually did achieve their mission!! But he forgave them anyway and prayed that the wrath of God will not fall on them then that is love.

Jesus loves; he really does and to date it still pours out. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š Thank you Jesus.

His love is very mature. It’s not fickle. It can stand it’s ground and not be tossed aside or shaken by things like rejection, abandonment, sorrow……….name it. No, His love cannot be shaken. It’s firm and principled . I have come to learn that pains in life however crazy they may be, they are not meant to destroy us or our capacity to love, actually they refine our ability to love. They give the love in our hearts muscle πŸ’ͺ🏻 Rejection ni uchungu for real it’s painful, to be abandoned is also painful and so many other fires that attack love are painful, but if we perserver and make it through the fire, i.e we don’t give up on love and it’s works, then my friend our ability to love will move to another level called maturity. Our ability to love will be graced meaning it can bear much.

I also like that Jesus loves with abandon. He doesn’t care about people’s opinions when it comes to love. Remember He leaves the 99 in search of that 1 lost sheep{Luke 15:1-7}. When it comes to love, I feel, he gives himself away 😊. He just loves and he loves freely. Do I love with abandon? Do we love with abandon? Do we abandon ourselves to the rules on love? That sounds crazy right? But you know what the ability to love this is not dependant on either me or you. It is dependant on the Jesus inside of us. So, now the question is? Do I have Jesus in me and does He indwell in me so that through Him I will have the ability and strength to love with abandon?

Jesus way of love is usually beyond human understanding and so are His actions when it comes to love.

Everything he does to us men, is mind boggling for we sometimes if not always fail to understand how He loves sinners and wrong doers whom we wish and sometimes prayπŸ™ˆ that he can either remove or just punish severelyπŸ”₯πŸ”₯

But he doesn’t because His love is not guided by man –His love is independent. It doesn’t seek permission to act and operate. It just moves like the wind – uncontrolled.

JESUS WE LOVE YOU and I like the FACT that you love us.
It’s good to know that YOU love us unconditionally and it is not because of anything we have done that makes us deserve your love. Nope! You just love us. And Jesus we love you right back. 😘

Jesus loves, He really does. And it pours out like the rains 🌧 giving life and hope where there is dryness. It shines bright and strong like the sun β˜€ dispelling all darkness. Alleluia!!

It is every day, every minute and it is for all whether we acknowledge it or we do not; It still pours out and it still shines😊

The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want. The Lord is my everything and so I have everything – I shall not want.

Christ thy kingdom come.

I pray we feel this love, know it and connect to it. It’s in those points of connection do we truly have everything we need. AlleluiaπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

God loves you.