JUNE 3, 2021 - THE WORDS YOU SAY & WORDS YOU HEAR
In foundational collegiate communication courses, students are introduced to the ABC's of Communication: Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity. Accuracy includes both accurate information and accurate expression. The information should be correct and well-expressed. Accuracy demands precision in writing. Precision is the quality of being exact and accurate. Brevity is the quality of being brief. It is a striking feature in communication. Brevity means giving maximum information in the minimum number of words possible. Clarity with words should be clear, well-planned and expressed in a logical way. It should not be ambiguous or vague.
Words carry thoughts and can shape a destiny. I AM shaped the universe with words (Genesis 1). God sustains creation with His Word (Hebrews 1:3). God performs miracles through the use of words (Romans 4:17). Let us pay attention to the words we speak and words we receive. We must be accurate with the Word of God in our lives. One brief Word from God can have maximum impact if we apply and believe it. In Mark 4:24 NLT we are instructed, 'Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.' In other words, we must be aware and mindful of the words we hear, listen and receive.
When we are accurate and clear with our words, we become stewards of creation and curation of the mysteries of God's Words.
In Matthew 15:11 NLT, Christ declares, "It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” We must be watchful over what we receive from others and what we speak over ourselves and our world. The word "defile" derives from the word de (down) + foler (tread), meaning to trample down. When we do not align our words with the words of Life, we tread on our own lives; we dishonor who we are because of what comes out of mouths, which in turn influences our atmospheres.
In the weather, the atmospheric conditions determine what's going to come down.
Thus, the atmosphere affects action. What words are we using that impacts our environment?
Speak until you see results, because what you speak will become what you see!