We underestimate the power and effect of words today. Hypocrisy and inconsistency have become the chupa-cabra, the blood-suckers of words. Skeptics say that it’s easy to speak words, but the challenge is in the doing. Nor are they completely wrong, but still it is not so easy to speak well and to effect great results through our words.
I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away.
John 16:1 NET
Jesus speaks words that preserve the hearer, that keep us from losing our faith. His divine and inspired words transform the soul and secure God’s purpose in the heart.
When we use his words, when his truths become ours, our words also acquire the power of great effect for good, to conduct people to eternity.
Part of the power of Jesus’ words was in telling the disciples what would happen in the future. He foretold his sufferings, the coming of the Holy Spirit, his departure to be with the Father. And he also tells us what will happen: sufferings for the Kingdom, fruit that remains, his coming to take us to heaven.
The blood-sucker doesn’t exist. You knew that, right? And words, especially those of Jesus, continue to have the same great power as always.