In His word, God talks a lot about blessings and cures. A blessing involves positive words spoken into an individual’s life and a curse involves negative words spoken into an individual’s life based on ill-will towards that individual – either consciously or subconsciously. Since the spoken word has great power (Genesis 1), we need to be mindful of the words that come out of our mouths. I’m sure you have heard “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. According to God’s word, that is an absolutely erroneous statement. Words do hurt and sometimes they even plunge a person into a life of perpetual failure. Even babies in the womb sense the good or bad will of the parents towards them.
I recently heard the story of a 67-year-old father who was terrible to live with and was, in fact, in the midst of divorce proceedings. He seemed to his family to be a boy in a man’s body pouring out his anger on those around him. This man’s son heard about the importance of a “father’s blessing” and contacted his 84-year-old grandfather to see if he would come and speak a blessing into his father’s life. The older father agreed to come and spoke a blessing into to the life of his aging son. A transformation of such profound proportions took place that the wife called off the divorce proceedings and proclaimed that she now saw the man she thought she married so many years before. A blessing is powerful…life changing!
There are people who grow up with a subtle feeling of not being wanted or feeling unlovable and they can never really figure out why. Many times this is a result of a baby sensing, while still in the womb, the mother’s feeling towards him or her . These feelings can be life long and life altering. Unfortunately, this spotlights the outcome of our fallen nature at it’s worst. Innocent ones suffer at the parent’s ill-will towards them.
What kind of wake have you left in your journey along life’s path? Did you leave a legacy of strong, healthy children and individuals living a positive life of great influence because of your life-giving words? Were people left languishing and broken down because of your ill-spoken words? If it is the latter, it is NOT too late to make things right. Go to your children or anyone you have wounded and ask their forgiveness. Then, look them in the eyes and speak God’s truth to them…even if it doesn’t seem possible that any difference will be evident. Just do it. God is faithful to His word. There is power in a blessing. (Proverbs 25)
To get a deeper understanding of the importance of a parent’s blessing, or a blessing in general, go to sidroth.org and view the Craig Hill interview from April 22, 2013. I guarantee you will come away ready to use your words to positively influence the lives around you…especially your children’s lives.
How have your words been a blessing or a curse? What can you do today to make a positive life change possible for someone you know and love?