the blessing

Just how important are the words we speak? Perhaps the answer is realized by this: Imagine life with no spoken word!

James chapter 3 compares the tongue to three mighty forces. It’s like a bit that we put in the mouth of a horse. That little piece of metal can turn the entire animal. It’s also like the small rudder of a very large ship. As the rudder is steered, so goes the ship. Finally, James compares our tongue to a spark of fire. Just one tiny spark, in the right setting, can light up an enormous area.

There is no limit, is there, to the positive changes that can come by way of our words!

Could that be the reason our heavenly Father has spoken to the writers of Scripture - - and then preserved His Word? Just today, in how many ways has God’s Word redirected and guided you?

And let’s not forget that in Jesus, “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) In Jesus, we see how God is fully committed to redeeming and restoring mankind!

The words of the priestly blessing are very familiar to us. We hear them every Sunday. But the words of this blessing aren’t meant to be confined to the places where we worship. As Jesus’ followers, you are part of the “priesthood of all believers.” That means you are meant to speak words of blessing on others!

I have a friend in Colorado who spoke a blessing on his children as he dropped them off at school each morning. As a parent or grandparent, you can, too! Even if you have no kids at home, you say “God bless you” to the people whose paths you cross each day. That would be so much better than the puny, worn out, “Have a good day.”

Who knows how the Holy Spirit will use your words!

“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
(Numbers 6:24-26)

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