Words have Power

Both faith and science instruct us that words have power

The phrase Words Have Power on a Blackboard

I find reminders of God in science. This article, Scientific Evidence Thoughts & Intentions can Alter the Physical World Around Us, provides another link between science and religion, demonstrating the creative and destructive force of words/thoughts. Christians talk about the power of prayer, and science backs it up.

I do not believe that these scientists have any religious inclinations; at least none that I am aware. The experiments do not necessarily mean that God is behind the phenomena. The experiments do show, however, a positive correlation between positive words and positive thinking; and they show a correlation between negative words and negative thinking and decay and degeneration.

These experiments show that the words communicated and intentions that are expressed have powerful consequences, both good and bad. In 1 Thessalonians, we are instructed to “rejoice always and pray without ceasing….” In Philippians 4, we are instructed to think about “whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable….”

More cosmically, Jesus is described as the “Word of God” in John 1, and we find God speaking the creation into being in Genesis. Words, positive words, have a great creative impact on the world. Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63) Jesus, we are told, was the “Word become flesh”. Jesus taught us, “[W]hat comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.”

Words surely have a great positive impact on people when we speak them to each other and when we pray for each other. I believe this is an extension of God. We are created in His image. On the flip said, our negative words and thoughts have an impact as well.

As I consider these things, I cannot help think about all of the unkind, mean-spirited even hateful things I have said and thought. I cannot escape the conclusion that those negative words and thoughts also have their impact on me, others around me and the world. I ache to think of those words and thoughts I cannot “take back”. God, please forgive me!

We certainly influence our own worlds with our thoughts and words, and that influence extends to those around us. Words and thoughts are of paramount importance in our lives and in the world. Science confirms that. The Bible is replete with examples, statements of the importance of words, thoughts and prayers and admonitions to focus on the God who made us like this.

God made us in His image, and we can enter into the creative process with Him. We can be an extension of God and His love, or we can be a negative force that destructs God’s purposes through our thoughts and words and the actions that extend from them.

One thought on “Words have Power

  1. Our thoughts impact our lives, there is a connection between the mind and physical matter. Our observation of reality changes reality. We can harness the power of our thoughts to have a positive results by harnessing Love, gratitude and compassion.


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