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Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)
TITLE: Respecting Words
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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 don’t 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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