Wisdom Calls Aloud: Speak Words of Life

Life is quite full of contrasts. And we frequently encounter some of those stark contrasts during our travels.

While vacationing on the tranquil island of Antigua a few years ago, we met a kind-hearted man named Jacob (name altered for privacy).

From sunrise to sunset, he strolls the beach selling his made-to-order jewellery for a living.

The beautiful island of Antigua

By day two, we became accustomed to Jacob’s exact whereabouts without even having to turn to look in his direction. Between the sound of the crashing waves, we could hear bursts of laughter all around Jacob as he cracked jokes with the tourists.

That same afternoon, as Jacob approached Quinton, Ish, and I with a seemingly jovial greeting, I noted something in his eyes that I did not expect to see.

I was taken aback by the deep sadness in his eyes.

“Allo, allo, allo! Good afternoon, Sir, M’am, and little man” he said. “M’am, would you like a pair of custom-made earrings?”

A silhouette of Jacob with our eldest son in Antigua.

A silhouette of Jacob with our eldest son in Antigua.

Jacob sat down next to us, and kept on chit-chatting as he opened his suitcase. I browsed the beads, stones, and crystals, and handed my selection to Jacob. As he worked, we inquired about his business, and he went on at length about it.

Just as he closed his suitcase after receiving payment, Jacob suddenly said to me: “I really don’t know why I feel like telling you this.”

Jacob turned and looked towards the sea. His eyes welled with tears.

“My mother told me it’s bad luck to look like one’s father. And you. You look just like your dad,” he said as his voice quivered.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I don’t believe in superstitions. But I do believe in that words carry power.

“Her words just stuck with me,” Jacob said, finally allowing his tears to flow.

On one of the most beautiful countries we had ever visited, here was a man who spent his days on a gorgeous beach making others laugh. Yet, he was drowning in deep sorrow.

Jacob openly shared about his agony and the obstacles of having to live under the curse that was pronounced upon his life by his own mother.

Sadly, just like Jacob, many toil under the power of someone else’s tongue. The good news is that there is a way out! Tweet This

Words Can Stick

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

“Her words just stuck with me,” Jacob said, finally allowing his tears to flow.

Words can be venomous. Words can cripple. Words can stick like super glue.

Do we have to live under the negative words that have been said to us? Absolutely not! But we must decide whether we want this freedom.

Are you living in the shadow of negative words? Take the following steps to break the power of any negative words spoken over your life:

1) Look to God

If you want to know someone who can break the power of any curse, the answer is found in the One who speaks life over you and who has broken every curse! Jesus had you in mind when He finished that work on the cross. Consider asking the Lord to intervene in your life. He will turn every curse into blessings beyond your wildest dreams. There are so many promises in the Word of God that will help you to rise above any negative words.

2) Release forgiveness

To walk in true liberty from the power of negative words, your heart condition is critical. If you know someone who has spoken ill of you, forgive them to prevent bitterness from taking root in your heart.

Oftentimes, harbouring bitterness can carry similar, if not more, repercussions to your wellbeing than the negative words itself. God will honour you for forgiving the one who has wronged you.

3) Speak life

You cannot sow weeds in your field and expect to yield produce. Similarly, if you want to reap life, you must walk in love and sow life. Speak blessings over others, and equally as important, speak blessings over yourself.

If you catch yourself saying something negative, stop in your tracks and pray! Those who control their tongue will have long life, according to Proverbs 13:3. Speak life over yourself and others, not death.

These are the earrings that Jacob made. It reminds me of his story, and to pray for him.

These are the earrings that Jacob made. It reminds me of his story, and to pray for him.

 

As for Jacob, we encouraged him and prayed with him, asking that the Lord would touch his heart, and broke that curse off his life so that he could live in freedom. He thanked us profusely.

Before Jacob left, I told him that every time I wear his earrings, I will pray that the Lord would continue to strengthen his heart and help him to be loving towards his mother.

“I am forever grateful,” he said, with a big grin. And Jacob walked away to his next potential customer, with his head held high.

I still pray for Jacob to this very day. Remember: There is power in prayer, and God will always speak life over us. Tweet This

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What are some of your thoughts concerning the power of words? Can you relate to Jacob’s experience? Do share in the comments field below!

Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4 NLT)

Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.” (Proverbs 13:3 NLT)

This post is a part of the #WCA collection. Here is the backstory on the importance of walking in wisdom.

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