I have inherited from my mother the uncanny ability to remember specific spoken words from specific moments in time, even years after the event. Some spoken words were encouraging, but most were not. We seem to feel the lingering effects of those negative moments.
Recently I was with a group of ladies who meet together and study the Bible. The question was: What have you learned this week? One lady shared this statement that stuck with me: “Do God’s words really make a difference in my life?” Those words were convicting. I am faithful to read the Word of God. I pray. I have scripture memorized. However, do the words of God really shape my life? Do they make a difference? Do others see the difference?
I easily hold onto the hurtful words: “Do you even have any experience teaching?” “For some reason my daughter really likes you.” or “You really look nice today.” I still allow them to burn deep within me. I allow them to still control part of my life. What about the words of God? Do I allow them to control my life?
Matthew 5:12 says to “rejoice and be glad..” Luke 6:36 states that we should “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” Colossians 3:15 tells us to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts….” Those are words to hold onto. Those words should make a difference in our life. The words of man come and go….but the words of God are for eternity. Those words are worth holding onto.