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The Power of Words: Adding in the Concept of Sowing and Reaping

Last week we looked at the powerful effects of positive (life) and negative (death) words, both on and in our lives, bodies, and spirit. Today I want to talk about the sowing and reaping aspect of our words.

As I mentioned last week, the Lord has placed on my heart to watch my words, but it’s really a much larger issue. I believe the Lord is calling us all to fortify our spiritual roots and clean our houses (body, soul, spirit), to refine our tuning into God and the Holy Spirit, and to prepare a clean environment for new giftings to manifest and be developed. We simply aren’t able to grow a healthy gifting in a polluted environment.

Do you know or understand the tremendous spiritual weapon you possess with your words? Did you know that your mouth is like a machine gun and that your words are like bullets that can pierce someone’s soul and spirit? Did you know that when you wish ill on others or speak ill of them you can actually be putting a curse in place that comes back on you? Yes, you can, and here’s how.

I think we’ve all heard of the notion of reaping and sowing. Non-Christians sometimes talk about Karma or a sort-of universal cause and effect. We followers of Jesus with a Biblical worldview say, in effect, that we reap what we sow; not just crops, but words, actions, thoughts, and influencing behaviors. If we’re sowing negative or curse-sending words, we’ll reap that (and worse) back on ourselves and our families – sometimes for generations.

In Job – the “poster book” for having troubles heaped upon people – Eliphaz the Temanite tries to justify Job’s predicament based on the seemingly commonsense notion of reaping and sowing, even though Job rejects this based on what he knows of his own life. And, indeed, the concept or reaping and sowing (like that of blessings and curses) weaves throughout the Old Testament, but not always as directly as when it is found in Proverbs with writings such as these: “The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward” (11:18); “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.” (22:8); “The faithless will be fully paid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.” (14:14), Most relevant to our words, Proverbs 13:3 states: “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”

The reaping/sowing notion continues into the New Testament. Second Corinthians speaks of the measure of sowing: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Cor. 9:6. Hosea, on the other hand, links sowing to positive benefits we can see in our daily lives: “Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12).

Together, though, these two notions – the power of words (life and death) and the spiritual law of sowing and reaping – should give us great pause. For it is words, more than anything else, that can so quickly escape and become sown. Certainly, if we sow good or bad words generously versus sparingly, the Bible says we will reap accordingly. But the nature of words should remind us of the nearly impossible task of gauging what even a single negative word can do to a single person. That one bad word, spoken with malice by you or by me, might actually equal a lifetime of words spoken by someone else. In this case, given the power of words and the unmistakable surety of the law of sowing and reaping, I would treat how we speak to others in this world like one might treat philosophy of God through the lens of Pascal’s wager: do not bet your life on uttering a single bad word – whatever finite gain there may be (and I doubt there is any), it is simply crushed by the weight of potential infinite loss.

ACTION: Do you wonder why some people seem always to have difficulties and troubles? Look at what they have coming out of their mouths. Are they curses, slurs, or statements of unbelief? If you look closely, you may just be witnessing the double-whammy effect of the power of words and the spiritual law of sowing and reaping. This week make a conscious effort to speak blessings to and about people, even if you don’t agree with them. If you have done so in the past, make an effort to watch labels you have assigned to people like “stupid,” “ignorant,” etc., especially on semi-anonymous forums like social media. Give people a chance to know our God through your uplifting and positive speech that reaps unlimited benefits. Ask the Lord to reveal any unforgiveness on your part and ask for extra blessings on any people to whom you may have used any negative words. Finally, ask for those curses you have spoken on others to be recalled and canceled. Then thank God for helping you to improve this one really important part of your life!


The Power of the Tongue

Lately God has placed on my heart the need to guard my spirit and watch my words. We have all heard the scripture from Proverbs 18:21, which says that the tongue has the power of life and death. While we may not ascribe to a literal interpretation of these effects to our words, many of us likely believe that the thrust of this proverb is that the power of life and death means that we may certainly build people up (life) or tear them down (death) with our words. But now look at the verse in its entirety and in context with verse 20.

Proverbs 18:20-21
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

This indicates that the verse/wisdom is not intended to be one sided, affecting only the person to whom our words are directed. Indeed, as we speak “life” or “death,” we ingest those words as food into our bodies, thus significantly affecting us as well. It makes sense that when we speak kind, encouraging, loving words our spirit and our bodies are affected positively. Likewise, when we speak hateful, vengeful, cursing words to others we will take in that negativity and poison our spirits and our bodies, including our hearts. We eat the fruit of the words we speak, and we fill our stomach with that harvest. It creates a vicious cycle because what we take in fills the stomach and the heart, and then “out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

Saints, my heart is broken and my spirit is troubled by the ugliness of the words being spoken in our world today — especially by people claiming to be Christians. Please work to break this cycle and speak kindness, encouragement, and positivity out of love to everyone you meet. Resist the urge to join in the hate, and protect your spirit and body from the acid rain of ugly, hateful words. Remember that the words you choose not only affect you in this life. They also have ramifications for the life beyond. For Jesus said, “But I tell you that [persons] will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matt 12:37.

ACTION: This week take notice of your words and ask the Lord to reveal any ugliness in your heart so you can pull it out by the root. Ask Him to heal that area and plant His love and His word in that spot. Ask Him to remove any scales from your eyes and hearts so that you can begin to come back into alignment with His love for HIS people.

Words Matter

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Every so often I think we get too far into the weeds of life to be able to see what really matters. So let’s step back a second and look at a couple of big picture things. When Jesus was asked what the “greatest” commandment was, he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt. 22:36-40)

The second of these two commandments is tied to what people understand to be the “Golden Rule,” something we were taught even in secular grade school. You know the Rule – basically it says to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. You don’t even have to be a follower of Jesus to know the Rule; indeed, it’s a fundamental tenant of virtually every major religion and of groups founded merely on moral or ethical conduct toward humanity. In fact, there’s really only formal religion that doesn’t follow it. Satanism, as a religion, actually follows a kind of backward version, which says to “do unto to others as they do unto to you.” That means that if someone treats you badly, go ahead and treat them badly in return.

So think about that fact for a second. Think about the fact that a fundamental pillar of LaVeyan Satanism is to exact revenge on those who do you wrong as you read the following quote by one of our presidential candidates:

When someone crosses you, my advice is ‘Get Even!’ That is not typical advice, but it is real life advice. If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck! When people wrong you, go after those people because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I love getting even. I get screwed all the time. I go after people, and you know what? People do not play around with me as much as they do with others. They know that if they do, they are in for a big fight.

Words matter. And we should expect better words from the people who intend to lead us.

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