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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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January 17, 2013 - The Weight of Words

By William B. McCafferty

The prophet said, "Take with you words, and turn to the Lord" (Hosea 14:2, KJV). Words are weighty things. They are like the lightning. They can illuminate the darkened sky, or they can strike with sudden destruction.

Two words may issue out of the same mouth; one may be bad, the other good. The bad word will in many cases destroy the effects of the good word; while the good word may never repair the evil of the bad word.

Words never die, but live to all eternity. The words spoken today will be heard tomorrow -- ten thousand years hence. If a word spoken in Rockefeller Center in New York may be heard in San Francisco in the same moment, and recorded for future audiences, may not our words be heard in the eternal courts of heaven and recorded for future hearings on the day of judgment?

The great Creator, who has given such wisdom to man, can easily preserve every word of our heart and tongue. The word spoken in our bedchamber, which we think may not be heard, will wing its way across the starry plains of the Milky Way into the ears of heaven. God is listening.

With words of sincere repentance and heartfelt confession we may turn unto the Lord and live; or, speaking the word of refusal and the word of denial, we may turn aside in the "ways of death," for "death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21).

Words may be like old sores and eat away the very soul. For this reason the great apostle has said: "Shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker" (2 Timothy 2:16,17).

One may have a pleasing manner and a wonderful vocabulary, but that may not prove his words are true. A book may be well written, yet its doctrines may be false. The words of the speaker and of the book can poison the heart and soul of those who hear and read.

Words are mighty things. With them we may heal a wounded soul. Let us speak only that which will minister grace to the hearer and which will result in eternal good.

— Adapted from "The Weight of Words" by William B. McCafferty, originally published in the March 3, 1963, Pentecostal Evangel.



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