Words of Blessing…Straight to the Heart!
Philippians 1:1-2 (NIV) 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul’s blessing over His brothers and sisters (including us) was, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” I think we sometimes take blessings spoken over us and prayers prayed for us too lightly. In this case, it is easy to gloss over as a preamble.
In fact, do you ever speak a blessing over your children or spouse before they leave the house or when they have shared a heartache? Would it feel awkward? Praying is one thing…speaking a blessing over a loved one might feel…odd.
We are so inundated with words…everywhere words. We are desensitized to their importance…not fully aware of how powerful they truly are.
God created the world with His words. Jesus is the word of life. Do we believe it when the Bible tells us that we speak life and death with our words?
Proverbs 18:19-21 (ESV) 19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. 20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
So if death and life are in the power of your tongue…of mine…why are we reluctant to speak a blessing (life) over those we love?
Are we less reluctant to tell them what we think about their bad behavior in plain terms? Why?
I wouldn’t mind at all if you spoke a blessing of “Grace and peace through God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” over me today.
If you think it might be weird to say something like that in your loved-ones’ presence…maybe you can speak a blessing as you shut the door behind them until you get the nerve to bless them to their face. Pray a blessing for them, for sure! But…I wonder if hearing your words would somehow help them sense God’s presence throughout the day.
I suspect your words will stay with them in a meaningful way…even though you might get “the look”…
James 3:5, 9-10 & 18 (ESV) 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.