Kia Ora everyone. Rob here.
My wife, Kiley, and I have a mutual desire to speak words of life into people. By that I mean that we want to partner with God and be his mouthpiece of life-giving love and grace in what we say, pray and write. Whether it be members of the church congregation wanting to grow in Christ, or our neighbours who simply want to make less destructive choices, the goal is the same – allow God’s Spirit to work in us so that we can speak God’s words. However, as I’m sure you can guess, the reality is somewhat different. The stresses and strains of life, our own woundedness, the enemy’s lies, selfishness and busyness can all conspire to inhibit our listening to God, our courage to speak and, even the willingness to do so.
Ironically, the person that we are least likely to speak words of life over is our-self. In fact we are more likely to receive condemnation from our words than commendation. Some of the things we say about ourselves are things we wouldn’t dream of saying to someone else. When things go wrong we tend to blame ourselves, diminish ourselves, and even curse ourselves. Now, if you want to be someone who speaks life to and for others, this is an untenable situation. We’re asked by Jesus to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. If we’re speaking cruel words over our own self it won’t be long before we’re speaking those words over others, usually those closest to us. Unfortunately, I know of what I speak. There are a lot of words I’d love to take back, and I’d start with the ones I called myself.
We need new words. We need God’s words and we need faith in order to believe God’s words and take them to heart. We then need to speak those words over ourselves regularly. We need to be reminded of how good God really is and how beloved we really are. The embrace that the father gives the prodigal son is the embrace that he gives all of us. Will we allow ourselves to believe that we are loved like that? Will we take to heart God’s words of love? Words like …
17 The Lord your God is with you;
his power gives you victory.
The Lord will take delight in you,
and in his love he will give you new life.
He will sing and be joyful over you (Zephaniah 3:17 – Good News Bible)
“You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy” – Luke 3:22, NLT (words spoken by the Father over Jesus, but what’s true for Jesus is true for us!)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
There are so many more! We really are beloved sons and daughters of the Father, heirs of his kingdom, brothers and sisters of Christ. May these words bring you life and may your life bring life to others. Speak well!
Grace and peace everyone.