The Power of the spoken word

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 10-10-2011

God created the universe by the power of his Word.
Through the power of his words Jesus was able to heal the sick, raise the dead
and destroy the evil powers. The writer to the Letter to the Hebrews in the
Bible says: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any
double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and
marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb 4:12). Great
leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. had marvellous persuasive power
to their words that their opponents surrendered to them.

            The words that we
speak have incredible potential. We are able to speak sweet words, tough words,
simple words, compassionate words, loving words, forgiving words, gracious
words, appreciating words, grateful words…. These words have the power to
build, to nourish, to strengthen, to energise, to enhance, to heal, to cleanse,
to change, to transform, to regenerate, to recreate, to raise up….

Sometimes our words also have the potential to weaken,
to tarnish, to downgrade, to insult, to discourage, to destroy and to kill. Our
bad words, angry words, dirty words, ungrateful words, intimidating words,
untruthful words, hurting words, gossiping words, uncharitable words,
unforgiving words… all these can bring unthinkable harm, not only to the
people they are spoken to, but to the whole of 
God's creation.

The words that we speak can never be taken back and they
are sure to hit their target. Often we regret having spoken something, but the
harm has already been done by that time. It is said that our words never get
lost or destroyed, but are deposited into the atmosphere around us. They fly
around and make the atmosphere good or bad, depending upon the quality of the
words. In a place where words of prayers and praise are uttered, there we feel
a type of positive energy and enthusiasm, and where negative words are spoken,
we experience negative energy enveloping our body and mind.“So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth: It shall
not return to me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Is 55:11).

About The Author

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.