Be A Man of Your Word
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Your Word = Your Bond
Being that this weekend is Father’s Day, I felt it would be appropriate to bring my Dad into the mix of this week’s blog post.
My Dad is passionate about many things. Among these things are the concepts of family, marriage, and manhood. When it comes to manhood, Dad can get particularly fired up. He is an avid believer (as am I), that many of the issues faced in our culture are the direct result of husbands, and fathers, not stepping up to the plate.
So when given the opportunity, Dad pours into the life of men in hopes that it may jolt them into realizing their responsibilities are ones not to be taken lightly.
One of Dads go-to lessons for men is simple: be a man of your word – because your word is your bond.
Growing up I heard this lesson more times than I can count. I heard it young too, because Dad was adamant that from an early age, I understood the weight my words carried. He always wanted to ensure that if I said I was going to do something, then come “hell or high water” – I better do it.
I will admit, because of his persistence, this topic has become a favorite of mine. So much so, that I wrote a Weekly Devo recently that touched on the subject.
“Alive & Powerful”
Hebrews 4:12 writes, “For the word of God is alive and powerful”. The key words here (at least for this post) are alive and powerful.
Alive, defined, is: “in a state of action; in force or operation; active”. What does this tell us? It tells us that God’s word is one we can rely on. They’re not merely words on a sheet of paper, but words – that when applied, and believed – can do exactly as they say. They’re alive, and Holy Spirit breathed. Meaning, when we open ourselves to them, the quality and status of our heart and soul begins to change.
Moreover, they’re powerful. As mentioned above, God’s word is “sharper than a two edged sword”. Put simply, it cuts through the nonsense, it gets right to the heart of the issue.
Whether in comfort or correction, the Word of God doesn’t mince words.
This is especially encouraging in times of need. When life seems to be ravaging us, the last thing we need is “fluff“. Fortunately, for us, God doesn’t waste words – or use them loosely. He means what He says.
In a world where the word of “man” is just about as unreliable, weak, and ineffectual as it gets; it is encouraging to know that we can rest assured God’s word is certain and capable.
Don’t believe me? Give it a shot. I encourage you to start simple by reading the book of Proverbs. See if the words of wisdom found in those pages don’t still apply today. Furthermore, see if when applied, the quality of your life doesn’t immediately begin to progress.
I normally end the Weekly Devo with a question, this time around I’ll end with a challenge. I challenge you to keep your word. Simple right? If you say something – mean it. If you say you’re going to do something – do it.
Truly consider the weight of your words this week. Understand that our reputations and credibility rest on the shoulders of what we say versus what we do.
Finally, remember that God’s word is alive and powerful, and thus, the least we can do is reciprocate the same level of commitment to our own words with others. In doing so, this not only honors the Lord, but it communicates an understanding of the weight our words possess.
Check out last week’s devo, “Mirror Mirror on the Wall“.