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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Respecting Words


Gossip, slander or just "keeping up-to-date", whatever you call it, it's something all of us have to deal with. If you have gotten the victory over it, you will probably overhear others who haven't. I have been on some prayer chains where there was more gossip than prayer being lifted up as if a final "pray over it" made everything all right.

Turn on daytime TV and the airwaves are full of it. There are shows totally based on gossip as people vicariously live the life of the rich and famous. Many people think it's harmless unless someone actually gets hurt by it. If it's just between friends and the other person won't know about it, why not share what you know? The problem is that we don't understand the power in the words we speak.

Our words, those little power packed bundles of energy that we so carelessly sow into our daily lives, have the potential to change everything around us. Consider that God, the ultimate Creator, who could have done it anyway He wanted to, simply spoke a few words that caused cataclysmic changes. When He said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night" (Genesis 1:14), whole galaxies suddenly appeared spinning on their spectacular paths. Such power is contained in a few simple words and we, created in His image, have been given the privilege of speech. Our words affect far more than we realize. Thank God that He has put us under tutors and governors (Galatians 4:2) so that the things we say are limited in their effect. The Bible tells us that the day will come when we will walk as His mature sons in the Earth. What kind of power will be released when we speak then?

There is a Japanese scientist by the name of Masaru Emoto who has conducted studies demonstrating the power of our words on the world around us. He found that speaking words over water before it was frozen would change the look of the crystals it formed. Positive words created beautiful crystals while negative ones resulted in chaos. Fascinated to see such results, he found that even taping a written word to it or praying over a vial of water effected what was inside.

Our bodies contain approximately 60% water. Considering that words affect water, it's not hard to see that gossip affects us on an elemental level. When we gossip it affects the person we are talking about even if they donít hear it. It also affects us because what we sow, we will reap. We can't afford to indulge in gossip. It's one of those childish things that will keep us from growing into a mature son of God.

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Mildred Sheldon11/04/10
A very well written article about gossip and the harm it has on both the one who spreads the tale and the one spreading the tale. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/05/10
This is a fascinating essay. You presented somethings I've never heard before and you certainly gave me a lot to think about.
Nancy Bucca11/05/10
What interests me most about this article was the comments about how speech affects water. A friend was telling me something very similar lately. To think that we can actually change elements through the words we speak!
Jan Ackerson 11/09/10
Connie Walcott11/11/10
What a great article, Glenna! I've seen the pictures of the experiment you spoke about, and it is fascinating to watch the impact of the words we speak.

It's a good reminder to let no corrupt communication proceed out of our mouths!

Thanks for giving us pause to ponder...