Pastor’s Page: 10/03/2016 ~ “Choose Your Words Carefully”

Pastor’s Page: 10/03/2016 ~ “Choose Your Words Carefully”

Words are a very important part of our daily interactions and how we communicate with others and I have always had an unexplained love for words so much so, that I am attuned to learning and exploring new words, all the time. I have even downloaded a word game app on both my iPhone and iPad called 3D Word Search, which I frequently and generally play while sitting on airplanes. The object of the game is to:

  • Make as many words as possible from the random letters given [note: the words must be legitimate words, unlike some of the words Deacon Holmes sometimes tries to create when he plays with me J]
  • Each game session is timed and only allows four minutes to create the number of words assigned by the system.
  • In order to advance to the next level, you have to match or beat the minimum percent of words assigned by the system

While 3D Word is just a game, playing it makes me mindful and careful of the profound impact the spoken word and the written Word have on how we relate to others, how we interpret and respond to words spoken to us, our emotions, perceptions, and responses to others. As Christians, we must choose the words we speak based on our relationship with the Living Word who is Jesus, and remember Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

Finally, Bethany, in John 1:1 “It Is Written,” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!” Translated, John is saying Jesus is the Word, and because He and the Father are one, they were of course together before anything else was, remember the sermon The Isness of God? By John referring to Jesus as “The Word,” he is saying Jesus is the revelation of God the Father who chose Jesus as His messenger to tell the world about God. It is through Jesus and the Bible we find the words of life that heal, deliver, sets free, and causes storms to cease, destroys demons, and calls peace into existence!

It is my prayer that you will from this day and henceforth forever more choose your words carefully to encourage and not defeat, build up and not tear down, help and not hurt, to bless and not curse! Most of all, I pray that
Psalm 19:14 – NLT is your desire, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”


Blessings & Favor!
Pastor Holmes