A few words transform a life

What power there is in a word of blessing – a word that can change a life.

Author, pastor, and professor Mark Buchanan tells of encountering a seven-year-old foster child and telling her that he saw the light of God in her.

A couple of decades later, she met him at a conference where he was speaking and told him that those words “changed my life”.

“I can’t tell you how often that carried me through dark times,” she told him.

Writing in the September/October issue of Faith Today, Buchanan says he wishes he had “poured more intentionally into young people” as a pastor.

Indeed, should we not all be pouring more intentionally into each other?

It is especially true of young people, but all of us need God’s blessing.

Blessing should not be haphazard. Buchanan’s words struck a chord in the young girl’s heart because there was truth in what he said.

In blessing people, we need look no further for fuel than the word of God. There we see how God sees us.

The apostle Paul knew how to pray God’s blessings on others.

In Ephesians 1:15-19, he tells his readers that he can’t stop thanking God for their faith in God and love for others. He goes on to say that he prays to God constantly that he will give them spiritual wisdom so that they will grow in their knowledge of him. He asks God that their hearts will be flooded with light and that they will understand God’s great power for those who believe him.

There is indeed power in words like Paul’s.

Blessing like that sink into your mind and heart. And God acts upon them.

In Numbers 6, Aaron and his sons were commissioned by God to pray the great blessing: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favour and give you his peace.”

The wonderful part of that command of God are the words that follow: “Whenever Aaron and his sons bless Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”

When we bless people in the name and character of God, he will bless them.


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