I have loved words for as long as I can remember. One of my vivid memories from childhood was of the great joy I felt over being able to sound out a word using phonics.
tr + uck = truck!
In eighth grade we learned about poetry in English class and were encouraged to write down words to create a poem of our own. Irritated by girls in school that I perceived to be stuck up and haughty, I recall writing the following words.
I don’t care too much for conceited lasses
They coo and boo and cuss and fuss
Things of non-importance, they will discuss
At unmarried lads, they’ll make passes.
There was more to the poem, but I threw it out a long time ago, and I have forgotten the rest of it.
Interjections, to me, have always been fun because of the way that they sound.
And the list goes on.
Being a Scrabble enthusiast for many years, and with the advent of cell phones now a Words With Friends enthusiast, I like high scoring words, especially when I’m the one putting down the word! 🙂
Having studied Spanish for a little while, I have some favorite words in that language, basically because I like the way that they sound. Here are a couple of them.
Indiscutiblemente (It means without controversy. I learned it from reading the Bible in Spanish.)
There are two words that are very important for those times we mess up.
And there are 3 words that should be spoken often within our families.
“I love you.”
The most important words however are the ones that can make a difference in determining where we will spend eternity. These are saving words.
1Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
God’s chosen method to bring salvation from sins to a lost humanity is to give a God called man His words to expound and explain to people what they need to do to be saved from eternal damnation.
In Acts 10, we can read the story of Cornelius. We read this description of Cornelius in verse 2 of Acts 10.
A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
While Cornelius possessed all these wonderful qualities listed here, we know from another verse that he was not saved. In Acts 11, Peter is recounting the story of Cornelius and how God brought their paths together.
“And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,
Saying, Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.
But Peter rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it by order unto them, saying,
I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:
Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.
But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.
But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.
And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.
And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man’s house:
And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” Acts 11:1-14
God had spoken to Cornelius through an angel which told him to send for a man named Peter who would tell him words whereby he and his household shall(future tense) be saved. We can read the words that Peter spoke to Cornelius in Acts 10:34-48 and see the response of Cornelius and his household. We see that while Peter was speaking, the Holy Ghost, evidenced by their speaking in other tongues, fell upon Cornelius and his household. Peter then commands that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
“Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” Acts 10:47,48
Our new birth experience begins with hearing and obeying God inspired words, but it doesn’t stop there. We need to continue to hear and obey the Word of God.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;” John 8:31
” If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Colossians 1:23
The apostle Paul gave the following exhortation to Timothy, a minister of the gospel.
1Ti 4:16 ” Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
In the English Standard Version, this verse reads:
“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
This post is getting lengthier than I anticipated, so I will just recap by saying that the most important words we can hear are the God inspired words of the Bible, preached by a God sent preacher. May we hear them, do them and have them become engrafted in us, that one day, we will make heaven our eternal destination.
“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21(ESV)