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Words, words, words

wordshavepowerWords, words, words. There's so many words out there and it's not always very easy to know which to listen to, look at, take in. It's all so confusing.

Words can be made in to 'alternative facts' or 'fake news'. There are words which have new meanings. My Granny would have thought of a 'gay man' in a very different way to what we understand that to mean today. Even nowadays, words have different meanings to different people. When I describe a person as 'sick' (ill, not well) I mean something very different to other people when they use the word 'sick' (crazy, cool). It's all very confusing, but not perhaps for Humpty Dumpty who said, "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more or less." Alice (in Wonderland) replied, "The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things."

The words we use can build up or they can be destructive. They can convey truth or they can mislead. We can use a lot of words or just a few. Every time we use words we should be careful and use them wisely, especially in our digital device age when words are so easy to communicate.

I believe in Jesus and try to follow him. He used words a lot; he even said he is The Word. His words are worth listening to. I invite you to go straight to the source - read (in the Bible) what Jesus said. Sometimes Christians or 'the church' don't quite get it right when they use words. Listen to what Jesus actually said. His words had and still have impact. Jesus embodied his words. I listen to Jesus because he backed up his words with actions and his words have integrity.

We need to pay attention to what we listen to, read and take in. Words can build up or they can destroy. Words can mislead or they can convey truth. If we know the person (and we know the person has integrity and backs up words with action and character) then we know we can trust what they are saying. Jesus is someone who we can trust and listen to. I invite you to listen to what he has to say.
 

Mark Anderson (10 March 2017)