Just a little word …
Do you have a favourite little word or perhaps a bigger word which you like to say? When I was a teen, there were words, which became part of sentences that had no business being there—like dead.
“This book is dead good”, I’d say.
I’ve heard many slang words like this in a cultural setting, usually from teenagers such as:
“That girl is really bad” or “That boy is well wicked”
—both words, ‘bad’ and ‘wicked’ are meant to communicate the opposite meaning, so a translation would be that the boy and girl referred too are great! “Shut up! meaning, Wow! is just one of the latest vocabulary fads and there are sites to translate current words for puzzled parents. I often wonder how a vocabulary craze starts.
Curiously, as a punishment for letting our egos get too high and once again turning from God and using our own control and strength instead, God changed our one language and common speech to hundreds of languages including dialects to cause confusion. This is from the story of Babel which can be found in Genesis 11:1-9…
2000 years later, we are still confusing one another with our language and meaning! Yet some little words stand right out and in front of others such as the word Love.
An extract from my book, Unfrozen says: “There is a great debate on the nature of love, ranging from love expressed as contentment to lust, and from gratitude to the ‘fear of God’. People who study linguistics have a field day in their debates regarding the number of words used in different languages to describe love. They have been counted: Ninety-six love words have been found in Sanskrit, 8- love words in Persian, 30 love words from ancient Greek and one love word—love—in English.” (Read the full chapter on Love, here)
A simple 4 letter word in the English Language—Love—contains so much and makes a huge pact on life when used in word and deed. It’s a word our body and soul need to hear often, say to others, feel deeply and take action.
Did you know that love features in the Bible hundreds of times?
In the NIV version it is mentioned 319 times in the Old Testament and
232 times in the New Testament.
The ultimate description of Love is God Himself. As Jesus told us: Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.
So no matter which language you are using, how many times and different ways you can say the word Love—there is only one person and one only who embodies it and this God. No wonder He is always attracting people to Him, and only the hard-hearted can say, “No” to His love. This is why the word love is so Great.
Now there are some bigger words which are also great – such as Redemption, Salvation and Sacrifice but those are for another day. Meanwhile, I shall continue the theme of Love throughout February and leave you today with this question:
Where are you in accepting God’s love for you? Let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
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