Conveying Meaning

12 Jan

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I believe people who read a lot are some of the most blessed people because they have the capacity to absorb words, information and knowledge. As people read more and more; they discover more of an abundance of words that can convey the emotion they feel, the impact they want to share and the meaning of what they want to say. It enlarges their vocabulary and capacity to communicate what they want to communicate.

Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

It is definitely saddening that the trend of people reading is slowly spiralling down as more people look to read short Facebook statuses and tweets; instead of getting immersed in different worlds, stories and information that is available to us.

The reason I shared this sentiment because I want to talk about bringing back power to our words; especially as Christians. I feel that as we grow up in church culture, we can get lost in all the clichés and Christian sayings to fluff up what we really mean or to cover up a lack of understanding. Every single word we speak or share convey a meaning. How many of us do not comprehend what we truly say?

Some examples may be:

“God is good” – Do we truly believe this? How is God good to us? Do we give God the glory? Maybe list down the reasons why God is good, or say it when you know He has done something magnificent!

“Amen” – We say this at the end of every prayer, what does it mean? It means to ‘Let it be’ or ‘It is done’. So when we pray, we give God the control for him to reveal his will for us and also that in His power it will be done. That alone changes the comprehension of our prayers. No longer are they meaningless but power-filled!

“I’ll be praying for you” – This is a big one that has challenged my integrity. How often do I not pray for people when I say that? Quite a lot back in the day and God challenged me to be a man of my word because prayer is not a saying but a power packed initiative and action.

There are so many words we use daily to indulge in conversation, communication information and to convey emotion. Men speak 7,000 words a day and women speak 20,000 words a day. How many of these words are truly intentional? I want to understand the value of my words and activate the power of my tongue to build up people, to encourage people, to share revelation, to inspire people, to touch people’s hearts, to learn by asking questions, and to gain assistance, advice by asking for help.

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

My challenge to you is do you understand the power of your words? How many times have to tried to speak in ‘Christian Lingo’ that never truly conveyed the meaning you wanted to share? How many times have you said something but never backed it up. Let us speak words that communicate who we are and what we want to share; rather than to speak words that cover up this and attempt to make us look good, smarter or better. Let words be the outlet of what’s in our hearts.

Matthew 12:37 – For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Words have power but they only have as much power as the person behind it. A person with integrity, honesty and transparency will have more power in their words than one who notoriously lies, gossips and shows a lack of integrity.

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2 Responses to “Conveying Meaning”

  1. Almira January 12, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Wow! Very well said. 👏🏻

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