We know our words are powerful. God speaks into being and He created us in His image. We have the power to build up and tear down with our words. Romans 12:14 tells us to, “Speak blessing, not cursing, over those who reject and persecute” (TPT). This is certainly easier said than done. Why would we want to speak good things over someone who is causing us hardship and pain? Our nature is not to look to a hurtful person and say “God bless you,” unless of course, we are being sarcastic and passive aggressive.
Why should we do it? When you look around today in this very divided time period, it is easy to see that many people are not practicing this turn the cheek, blessing instead of cursing way of life. If there is a disagreement over political rhetoric, virus measures, any kind of opinions and practices, etc., flames are thrown. Yet we are told to be different. We are told to speak blessing. Our words are to be seasoned with salt. Our speech should be encouraging.
Again though, why? Why should we bless others? Apart from the clear fact that it’s the loving thing to do — and we are called to love God and love people — is that this action will be more fruitful for everyone. You might not win over the enemy or calm a person filled with bitterness. However, you will not take on the anger and bitterness. You will be sowing good which will result in you reaping good. Remember, you get what you sow.
As well, in sowing good words of blessing, you are best reflecting the image of God to the world. You have no idea how God will use the seeds of blessing being spread around, but you know that each seed will be multiplied in abundance at the proper time. Today and everyday, be a blessing. Speak blessing. Watch the fruit that follows.
Thank You Jesus for Your goodness and Your mercy. Thank You for inviting me into relationship with You. Lord, I pray today that you will guide my tongue and move in my heart so that I may speak blessing over the people I engage with today. Use these words of blessing to further Your kingdom. May all that I do and say glorify You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.