- I’m fed up with you!
- I’m sick of you!
- You’ll never amount to anything!
- I hate you!
- I wish you were dead!
We have all been on the receiving end of “words of mass destruction,” whether they were delivered intentionally or unintentionally. Sadly, we have also been on the giving end of destructive dialogue, sometimes intentionally and at other times unintentionally.
Let me ask you this: are there any words or phrases etched in your memory today that have positively impacted your life? The answer, I hope, is a resounding “YES” if you think about it for a moment, knowing full well that the bad talk has a tendency to drown out the good talk.
- I’m proud of you!
- You’re awesome!
- I am so thankful for you!
- I believe in you!
- You can do it!
Now, let me ask you a very important question: is your life today shaped more by words of mass destruction or words of divine destiny? As a follower of Jesus Christ, the answer should be—it must be—words of divine destiny, because Jesus spoke and continues to speak life-giving words into your life moment by moment.
One of the best ways to reshape a life that has been shaped by destructive talk is to read the Word of God daily and meditate on it throughout the day. God’s Word will silence destructive talk that has been directed at you by exchanging it for words that revive and restore . . . heal and help . . . build and bless.
God loves you so much that He wants to have the last word in every situation. To be sure, you cannot control what others say to you. I am convinced that some people have the “gift” of delivering words of mass destruction. But what you can control is what you allow to sink into your spirit and shape your life.
Can you imagine the words that were said about the prostitute who showed up at the Pharisee’s house? She was despised and hated by the religious elite . . . and she knew it. But she refused to let their words direct and control her life. In the face of words of mass destruction, she enters where she is not welcome and washes the feet of Jesus with her tears and dries them with her hair. She refused to be a casualty of cruel words. Instead she went to the only place where words give life . . . and that place is at the feet of Jesus.
Have you been there lately? It’s the perfect place to exchange words of mass destruction for words of divine destiny. Let’s close out today with just a few of them.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!