“Words” Master or slave?

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Words

We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out. Winston Churchill

Again with Winston Churchill. If it’s true that i am a slave to my words then i thought what better place to see what i am to be slave to than the ultimate word, the bible. i looked up how many verses used the word, word in them. i used the Amplified Bible for this research and found there to be 505 separate verses that us the word, word. Using the New King James there are 545 such occasions. Being the curious sort of fellow that i am i began reading them to see in what context those verses would use the word, word in. That word, word thing is getting weird. 

i am reading each verse and finding that each time the word, word is mentioned it has a descriptive word before it.  Naturally since i am going this far i thought i would make a list of these descriptive words that are used to describe words. i now realize my plan is flawed and there is no way for me to put all 505 verses in a blog or even a week of blogs. So… i am starting at the end and working my way back with some of the descriptive words. i am getting a better look at how my words directly influence my inner experiences and thus sustain or don’t sustain my meltdowns. Oh thank you I Am for the clearer understanding of exactly what my meltdowns look like. When i get the go ahead i’ll share that info.

 The very last one i listed has an interesting descriptive word attached to it. perceived! This word has been popping up every time i turn around. Perceiving word, perception of words?

i said previously that life is a series of words spoken to me, by me and about me. If it wasn’t for the word perception i’d leave it at that. Hummmmmmmmmmmmm? Anyway here are just a few of the descriptions of words from the word.

Luke 22:65 insulting words – Luke 24:8  His words –  John 5:24 My words – John 16:25 plain words – John 17:8 uttered words – Acts 2:4 appropriate words – Acts 15:32 many words – Acts 22:9 uttered words – Romans 10:18 their words – Romans 14:16 other words – 1 Corinthians 2:1 lofty words – 1 Corinthians 2:4 persuasive words – 1 Corinthians 2:13 in words – 1 Corinthians 14:19 five words and ten thousand words – 2 Corinthians 12:4 into words – Galatians 6:11 closing words – Ephesians 6:9 abusive words – 1 Thessalonians 2:5 to words – 2 Timothy 2:14 over words – Hebrews 4:7 the words – Revelation 19:9 true wordsRevelation 17:17 prophetic words – Revelation 14:13 distinct wordsRevelation 14:13 perceiving words

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  1. Ann Marie Peterson says:

    I love that quote because it is sooo…true! We master our words when they are unspoken because we took the self control to use or not use them or think through them before we used them. But if we blurt them out NOW we are slaves to them because we have to now stand behind them with reasons, explainations, excuses if we have to because we didn’t master (take control) them. Ugh 😦

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