The Image of Words
Tracee Anne Loosle
Images, pictures, and glimpses; each of these can change the way we view something or someone. Words have the power to engrave in our heart (our image center), a visual description. I received this revelation from the Lord. He revealed to my heart, when someone shares something about another person to someone else, it takes the picture away of how they (the hearer) see that person and replaces it with a different image. Whether it is negative or positive, the image changes.
James 3 speaks to us about the power of the tongue. In verses 8-12, we read and can see visually what the tongue can do.
But no one can tame the tongue;
it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men,
who have been made in the likeness of God;
from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
Does a fountain send out from the same opening both
fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren,
produce olives, or a vine produce figs?
Nor can salt water produce fresh. (NAS)
We are reminded in verse nine, when we speak evil, what we say is against someone who like ourselves; they are created in the image of God. When we do this, we change their image in our minds and the ones we are speaking to into something other than what God created them to be. This is an evil distortion.
Our words can be compared to the Photoshop program. This program can be used to enhance the beauty of the Lord’s creation, or distort others into the perception of the fallen ugly state satan would like to make the children of God look like. Our words have the ability to release death into relationships or life-giving hope.
Our words are like paint brushes creating impressions on the canvas of the mind. If a picture paints a thousand words, than what do words do? As a poet and author, I realize that my words have power. If I am careful to search for the right word, phrase, and the appropriate scripture in the written Word of God, I know I can release the image of faith, hope, and love. I know there are times when my words could spew forth the venom of poison’s distortion. Life is not all good. Everything that happens is not all good. If I do not allow the filter of God’s love to remove the poison from my soul and heal me, I can taint another’s vision with my words.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18: 21 NAS
We can choose to speak death and destroy reputations and relationships; or, we can choose life. Life in God is a creative force that release health and goodness. God’s life is given to us through the power of His love. Love is the greatest filter. It is a lens we can view life and others through. God is love. We are being re-made into the likeness of Christ. His love is working on our behalf. Romans 8:28-30 reveals to us that the ones who love God are those He is working all things out for His good purpose.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also
justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Romans 8:28-30 NAS
God can take any situation and make it good. When something bad happens that attempts to imprint an evil image in our souls about someone else or even our self, let us choose to give it to God and allow His cascading grace to make something good. Grace allows His image to wash over us and transform us into a portrait of His likeness. This waterfall of grace will also cleanse the way we see and perceive others.
What we think, believe, and speak releases pictures. We can choose whether we proclaim death or life images. As an image bearer of the Father and His kingdom of love, may we embrace the process of being made like Him and choose His life. In the process, may grace eyes see others as His precious child created in His likeness.
And guard your speech— never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them.
Ephesians 4:29 TPT