Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews -

“Just watch what you say” is a warn­ing that we may is­sue or re­ceive in all sorts of con­texts.

It could be in the lead-up to an in­ter­view or it could be when we are about to talk to some­one with whom we have pre­vi­ously had a dis­pute. What­ever the con­text, the warn­ing is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of the im­por­tance of words.

We of­ten say that ac­tions count more than words, and there is cer­tainly a lot of truth in that.

How­ever words also make a big impact – think of the num­ber of words you lis­ten to,read and ut­ter in any one day.

The things we say and the things we write can change lives for good and for ill.

When we say some­thing hurt­ful we can ruin a friend­ship that has been strong for years.

When we say some­thing en­cour­ag­ing we can cheer some­one who has been feel­ing that there is no­body at all who cares about them. Why are words so im­por­tant? It is be­cause they com­mu­ni­cate and re­la­tion­ships are es­tab­lished on the ba­sis of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Words tell a lot about who we are and what we want.

One of the ti­tles given to Je­sus in the Bi­ble is the Word made flesh. Why is He given that ti­tle? It is be­cause God has dis­closed him­self in Je­sus.

Je­sus is God’s ul­ti­mate com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the world.

It is through Him that we learn what God is like.

Je­sus is God’s cho­sen Word for the world.

He is God’s ul­ti­mate mes­sen­ger and God’s ul­ti­mate mes­sage.

The Bi­ble gives reg­u­lar in­struc­tions to choose our words care­fully but also in­vites us choose the Word be­cause that is how we know God.

Wil­liam Wil­son Min­is­ter at Burn­side Blair­beth Church

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