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The value of the words that we speak

Jul 17, 2013, 12:06 PM | Article By: FR. EDU GOMEZ - Parish of the Resurrection, Brikama

As human beings we use words that are spoken to communicate and to chat.This is very obvious as the human language uniquely is not the same as that of other creatures.The word or words that we speak under many circumstances portray our individual minds and shares the thoughts whether we are serious or not.There is a saying that goes, “you live by the word”.

Under such a saying, therefore people are judged in all that they say. The judgement would even go beyond being judgmental but to define the person’s individual identity.  The prophet of God called Isaiah had this to say about God in the scriptures:  “My word is like the snow and the rain that came down from  the sky to water the earth.  They make the crops grow and provide seed for sowing and food to eat.  So also will be the word I speak – it will not fail to do what I plan for it.  It will do everything I send it to do”.  Isaiah 55:10-11.

The prophet Isaiah had spoken what God had in his mind or intended for the people of Israel. He prophesied as God would have it that He will bring liberation to his people and they will be set free to leave Babylon.  They will no longer be in exile. The words that the prophet spoke were God’s words which he intended and the prophet affirms it. For the prophet the words of God carry some purpose or weight. Once they are spoken they must come to be.

The words would not fail to be because they come from God.  As the snow and rain fall from the sky to water the earth and all that is in the earth grows, so shall it be with the words of God.  Whatever comes from the mouth of God will never fail what God has in his mind.  The prophet says God’s words will do everything it was sent to do. 

Such a reflection, should give all who read it food for thought. There are many  a times in which people talk and they do not mind what comes from their mouths, how they say it, where they say it and to whom they say it to. I am being cautious and discrete to reflect and share these thoughts, that whatever comes from our mouths should be safe guarded so that they don’t portray how irresponsible we are, how untruthful we are and how irrational we are.   James 5:12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not use an oath when you make a promise. Do not swear by heaven or by earth or by anything else.  Say only “Yes” when you mean yes, and “No” when you mean no, and then you will not come under God’s judgment.