We can build our family up to be strong and impactful or we can tear down our family with negative words! Rather intentionally or unknowingly what we say and how we say it counts! Negative words are like placing a curse on yourself as well as members of your family. Let us review what is written in The Bible regarding our words. In Proverbs 18:21(KJV) it is written: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. The Message translation reads “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
If you were one of those fortunate to have blessings spoken over your life as a child then take a brief moment and be thankful. However, this is not the case for the majority of people. The evil spirit(devil) in this world all too often uses parents, teachers, peers, and even pastors to speak harsh words over us. These negative words can pierce the heart and soul. False labels are taken to heart and believed to be true, such as brat, loser, stupid, lazy, hopeless, ugly, bad, worthless, idiot, or unlovable, etc... The Bible teaches us that “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”(Ephes. 6:4 NLT)
Now that the power of words and their effect on the family has been highlighted what is the solution to the multitude of word curses that have been spoken over us? It starts with accepting Jesus as the Son of God, as Lord and as Redeemer! 1 John 4:15(KJV) - Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. Psalm 19:14(KJV) states - Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
The sacrifice Jesus made with His body and blood provides the power we need to break every curse that has ever been spoken over us! In Him, we find love and acceptance, halleluiah!!! Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared, and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it (Galatians 3:13 msg). I confess that my family is BLESSED!