Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Words Heal

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

       How often have you heard the right word at the right time and it was healing to your soul? Oh, how wonderful that blessed feeling is in our inner being. We have also experienced the opposite when we were hit right in the heart with a malicious statement that hurt to the very core of our humanity. 
      The power of words is significant enough to kill a person or heal a person right where they are standing. Prov. 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health
      Yes, you have the power to bring life through words that will cause a merry heart of health to be activated within a person and the result is a medication that cannot be bought with a pharmaceutical prescription. Prov. 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
     A few years ago I had heard of a Japanese experiment where the scientists were speaking joyfully and harshly to different clusters of rice and were getting interesting results as to the conditions and quality of the rice clusters. 
      Better still, I had spoken to my friend Romay who had used this experiment to teach her children how words, good or bad, could affect the inside of other children. This is Romay's account of how she used the rice experiment and what the results were.  
     We sanitized two glass jars by boiling them with their lids for 10 minutes. At the same time, we made one batch of plain white rice. Then we put the rice in the jars and closed them up and labeled one with 'love, thankful, and kind,' the other with 'hate, unthankful, and unkind'. 
      We then put the jars side by side and throughout the coming days, we would speak to the rice in the jars with words directed as to the label's instructions on each jar. To the love rice, we said love words (in the language and cadence of a preschool aged child ) like 'I want to play with you,' 'you're beautiful,' and so on. To the 'hate' rice we would say the opposite type of words. Periodically the jars were moved around separating them and repeating the rice experiment for the benefit of the children to see how words can have an affect in life. 
      After 3 weeks the hate rice started turning brown and slimy while the love rice stayed white. Eventually, the hate rice turned to sludgy black liquid and the white has always stayed fluffy, just like the first day. The amazing part of this word experiment is that after two and a half years the jars were found in the garage where they were forgotten and they were still the same! The hate jar of rancid rice had gotten worse and the love rice was still white and fluffy. Stunning how words can affect life. Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
      After I heard this story I thought of the verses in Romans that basically says that all of creation is waiting for man to get their act together so that healing can come to this earth. Rom. 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 
      Farmers, horse, and dog whisperers will give testimony as to the power of words in the recovery of wounded animals that have been beaten and screamed at with profanities. Prov. 12:10 A righteous man regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. We can change the very environment we live in by speaking God's words within that environment. 
      When I hear words delivered in sarcasm or malice I call it "shriking out." Shrikes are some of the smallest birds of prey in North America. The foods they eat include small rodents and other species of small birds. Shrikes are known for impaling their victims on thorn bushes and barbed wire fences, then tearing their prey apart piece by piece. 
      What a description of what we are doing to others when we use hurtful and sarcastic quips to make our all-important point. How many spouses, male or female, are eviscerated by the other's burning complaint or harsh dig?  Our raison d'être as Christians should be to bring life with our God-given ability to speak healing words to each other and everyone we meet. Prov. 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! 
     I want to be a healer in this world and if the starting point is my vocabulary with the right spirit behind it, then let my words be the words of kindness and peace for us all. Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for your words of healig to my wounded heart...

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    1. Gracias Mónica. Muchos bendición para usted en este momento

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  2. Interesting experiment, believe it! I bless you from top of your head to the sole of your feet and all the way around.

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  3. Thank you for that blessing. God bless you in all that you do.

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  4. I love how God's Word is so abundantly planted in your heart and you are continually feeding others with It. You are God's Ambassador for you speak His Words:)

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  5. What a wonderful word and in due season! As a teacher I notice the effects of words on my students. When I take the time to speak words of encouragement, faith and joy into my students lives in the morning, the classroom has a different spirit in it. The day looks very different if I am in a hurry and get right to the curriculum. There is an excellent children's book that illustrates this blog called "How Full Is Your Bucket?"The link is below. I highly recommend it. Thanks again for a strong word in due season Sir Norm!
    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-full-is-your-bucket-for-kids-tom-rath/1102216761?ean=9781595620279

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    1. This is a small overview of the book from the link you have recommended.

      Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people — his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix’ grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad— and how Felix himself is affecting.

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