First- Answer this: What is the first word that comes to mind if I ask you this, “If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be”? Would they be words that you have been called? Harsh words? Lies? Deception?
Or would it be something uplifting?
Most people would think of something that they are ashamed of or something that they do not like about their looks or self.
Are you a SLAVE to these words? Thoughts? Stereotypes?
Here is the definition of SLAVE:
- 1. One who is owned as the property of someone else, especially in involuntary servitude.
- 2. One who is subservient to or controlled by another.
- 3. One who is subject to or controlled by a specified influence.a slave to alcohol; a slave to an irrational fear.
For a long time, this was a constant struggle for me. I was constantly being deceived with words that I thought were true. I became associated with these words by being severely bullied. This consisted of the moment I walked into every year of school, and on the internet. This is no way of me asking you to pity me, but simply listen up.
I remember EVERY single word that was said to me, sitting in the bathroom alone for lunch and going home to the same words. I was a SLAVE to lies. That sounds insane, but I was. Looking back, (almost 21 now), 7-8 years, growing up trying to figure out who I was, became considerably hard because I began to believe what was said “about” me.
Now, for me I became a slave to words.
“Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6). The writer of Proverb tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Are we using words to build up people or destroy them? Are they filled with hate or love, bitterness or blessing, complaining or compliments, lust or love, victory or defeat? Like tools they can be used to help us reach our goals or to send us spiraling into a deep depression.
Furthermore, our words not only have the power to bring us death or life in this world, but in the next as well. Jesus said, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36–37). Words are so important, that we are going to give an account of what we say when we stand before the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In this lifetime, we are blinded by things, idols, thoughts, words and actions that we become a slave too. Addictions take a toll on you just as much as what the girl in your math class called you for the whole internet to see. Now, I know firsthand that this is not an easy thing to do. Being a slave, literally means “can’t let go.” Well, it’s time for the truth. You are free.
Why is this?
In this world of constant comparison and trying to please others around you, we want to be liked. When we start to see ourselves as our creator sees us, things begin to change. Jesus Christ has never thought badly about you and never will. That addiction, that mean word that won’t leave your mind, those lies and everything else should be freed. Jesus, the son of God, took on those burdens at the cross. It is time to let go, and become YOU instead of the SLAVE you are caught into.
Those words that have held ME hostage, that addiction that won’t seem to leave, and those deceptive thoughts that plague your mind, are THINGS that won’t last.
Looking back, while this all happened, I did not have friends, I was a slave to words of people who meant nothing to me, but yet, with Jesus and his truth, I became more aware of who I was and why I am here on this earth.
I hate the quote, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt me.” Words do hurt, but I regret nothing. Why? Those words have changed my life for the better. I am no longer attached to them. Christ changes those who want to be changed.
So you are no longer a SLAVE to
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You are loved, worthy and meant to be here for a reason. I for one, will forever have these “words” on my shoulder to stomp on, each time I feel that I am being deceived because my GOD says otherwise.