The Power of Words

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Warning: The “F” bomb is dropped a couple of times in this clip.

In case you’ve never seen this movie, it’s a clip from “Good Will Hunting”. Robin Williams plays a therapist who is helping the character played by Matt Damon understand that the physical abuse he received at the hands of his father was not his fault. It’s a powerful scene when the character finally starts to believe the words being spoken to him over and over…”it’s not your fault.”

Words can have the power to heal.  Sometimes it’s the words we hear others say.  And sometimes it’s the words we say.  Several years ago, during a season of starting over in my life, I went to a counselor a few times.  One of the most powerful things I remember him saying to me was, “I believe in you.”  I needed to hear those words so badly.

As I read these two different portions of scripture I was reminded of the power and benefits of saying things out loud.

“Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
John 11: 40-44

What words might you not be hearing today that you really need to believe?

“It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”
Romans 10: 9-10 Message

What words are you not saying today that you need to say?

The spoken word can bring freedom. What are you waiting for?

19 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. Beth @ My Destiny

    I came over from Lisa Jo’s place. I am all about “words” and their power. We eat the fruit of our lips. And there is also power in “hearing” God’s Word, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” You’re right. Words can give life or can curse and bring death.

    Thank you for sharing.


  2. Kim

    You make a great point about words we don’t believe. We can be so hard on ourselves, and yet turn around and tell our children to just ignore what others say. Which message do you suppose speaks to them the loudest?

    We need to not only hear, but listen and truly take to heart those words, especially “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

    1. Eileen Post author

      Kim, you are so right. The loud words we often say to ourselves are sometimes the most damaging. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Shelly Miller

    I believe in you – four little words to change a life. They changed mine and I am so grateful for the people that spoke them out loud to me. So glad you heard them too.

    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Shelly. I am so grateful for those people that come along side us and support us when we are in that pit.

  4. Arny

    Love this Eileen…
    My pastor is a big believer in confessing out loud…

    We confess out loud every service for the salvation of our family memebers…for Joshua said…that his WHOLE house will serve the Lord.

  5. Meredith

    This is awesome.
    Such in important reminder that sometimes the missing ingredient between head faith and heart faith is the action of CLAIMING it by speaking it out loud!

  6. Jim

    It is so easy to take words for granted. It seems more difficult to make an impact these days, so many take the say more and get louder approach. I know I’m extremely guilty of that. But I wonder, could we all have more impact if we think more about what we say and actually say less?

    1. Eileen Post author

      Good thoughts, Jim. We are so often eager to “prove” our point. But people tend to tune us out the louder we shout.

  7. Debi

    I may have to watch this movie now. 4 little words, sometimes thats all it takes to build up or tear down. I love the power of words, Sometimes its so hard to believe when you have been abused for so long that you ( or anyone) IS WORTH IT. is loved. Hearing it over and over. but once it sinks in its there for a long long time.

        1. Eileen Post author

          Sometimes I’ve seen it playing on TV. Perhaps wait till then…then they bleep it all out. 🙂 I like Robin too.

          1. Debi

            I may just do that, Sometimes a good movie- for me – looses its message when there’s cussing, But even in real life situations have me cringe when there’s cussing.Ok , enough about my dislike about cussing. Maybe it has something having to do with my upbringing and being around it as a child.

  8. Wanda

    There is something different when we hear words spoken out loud. As I read this I thought about how in the beginning God spoke and it was.


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