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Words Matter.

November 28th, 2012 Posted in sermons

During the days of the early church, thousands lost their lives because they would not say two words: Kaiser Kurios, which means “Caesar is Lord.” That’s because they understood that words matter.
You may remember the story of Rachel Scott. She was one of the 13 people who were killed at Columbine High School. Rachel, 17, was a strong Christian and very involved in her youth group.
On April 20, 1999, armed students began shooting people on Rachel’s high school campus. They came to Rachel and shot her twice in the legs and once in the torso. Then they left, only to return moments later. Lifting her by the head, they asked, “Do you believe in God?”Rachel understood that the words she chose would have serious consequences.
These godless men would take her life if she said yes, and perhaps even if she said no. But without hesitation, Rachel said, “You know I do!”
“Then go be with him,” responded one of the boys before shooting her in the head. Rachel received a martyr’s crown that day, I am sure. What would you have said under such circumstances?

Rachel understood that words matter.

Jesus said, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’ (Matthew 5:37). In other words, the things you say should be free of duplicity or deceit, and no one should have any reason to doubt your words. Your words should be in alignment with your actions.
On our wedding day, before family and friends and before the pastor, we say “I do!” And when temptation calls, we dig in and firmly say “I won’t.” And when Jesus calls us to follow Him wholeheartedly, we say, “I will.”
Words matter. So use them wisely.

4 Responses to “Words Matter.”

  1. Pamela Wheaton says:

    Those killers asked the same of Cassie Bernall. She was also resolved in her commitment to Christ. Such an inspiration!

    “Cassie René Bernall was a student killed in the Columbine High School massacre, at age 17. Initial reports suggested that (name removed) asked Bernall if she believed in God moments before fatally shooting her. She was reported to have answered “Yes”. Wikipedia”

  2. Ricki Lee Brooks says:

    Greg,

    I’ve been in pastoral/missionary ministry for many years now. I have often said, “I know my Shepherd personally, but I don’t know my undershepherds. I only know how much they help and lead me.” When people look at me with that quizzical face, I say, “Chuck Swindoll and Greg Laurie.” This blog post is the sort of thing you do that keeps me coming back. Thank you so very much.

  3. Jan Stephens says:

    Dear Pastor Greg
    It is amazing what happens when we call upon the Lord.
    Four days ago, two of my granchildren (ages 2 and 5) followed my dog behind my house and into the woods. Neighbors came as soon as a call was made for help. A sweet christian woman was the first to arrive, came to me, we held hands as we prayed for our Lord to keep the babies safe as He Is The One who is in control. My Sweet Jesus watched over our little girls as they went around a pond. He was with them as they scratched their way up a hill. He was with them as they climbed through the bushes and under the wire fence. Although they could hear me screaming their names, He was with them as they stayed warm and dry and did not panic, as the temperture was dropping and it was starting to get dark. Give praise to the Lord. He was with them the two hours and ten minutes before they were found safe. He continues to watch over them, just as He was and is with me, their Mother, the nieghbors, the Sheriff’s staff and their families, who answered a call for help from The Lord. Spoken words are very powerfull.

  4. Bridget Willard says:

    Amen.

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