Words speak louder and longer than actions

In 1992 Mr Mugesera, then a member of Rwanda’s ruling Hutu party, gave a speech saying Tutsis should be killed and their bodies dumped in the river. Refering to Tutsis as cockroaches, he said they should be exterminated. That speech is thought to have incited the ensuing genocide that resulted in the death of nearly one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

It has been said that actions speak louder than words but I believe that depending on the spiritual intensity of the speaker, words can be louder and more effective than mere actions. God’s words outlast his acts.

Words linger, words stir spirits, words move the Holy Spirit. What other than hordes of malevolent spirits could have caused the Rwandan genocide?

On a business trip to Rwanda two years ago, I visited one of the genocide memorials in Nyamata outside Kigali and saw clearly the effects of the words of death spoken almost two decades before – thousands of human skulls piled up like stones.

Imagine if all we benefit from Christ was his miracles and his redemptive work but no inspired word? How dark would our world be? Actions are easily forgotten, but not words. Words can light up the world or darken it.

Words disarm armed men and can be infinitely more potent than atomic energy. This is why I see no reason for wars, no reason for Israel to bomb Iran’s nuclear weapons, no need to use brute force to contain Nigeria’s Boko Haram – just saying. Without any doubt, words can surgically neutralize weapons of mass destruction.

I never met William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill or J.F. Kennedy but their words keep stirring and speaking to me. When spoken from spiritual and intellectual depth, words are in a higher dimension than physical actions. Communism, Democracy, Capitalism, Terrorism and all ideologies are made up of words.

At the highest level of being, the word is everything. On the terrestrial level, agitation is everything. But mature spirits understand that the fundamental building block of the universe is the word and that all power in the universe reside in The Word.

Words, not action, hold the power of death and life. Skilled wordsmiths will continue to steer the course of history while the majority continue to believe actions speak louder than words.

7 thoughts on “Words speak louder and longer than actions

  1. Wow! Good stuff! So many Scripture passages come to mind…Jesus IS the Word. He lives in us…His Word living in us is what gives us power. When we live and act in step with the Lord, it is His Word doing the actions. We are to be doers of the Word! If we act without or apart from the Source – the Word – it is nothing. Words have the power of life and death. We eat the fruit of them. They either poison or edify. I could go on and on. Thank you, Tolu. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to the Lord today. May He who is the Word live and dwell richly in us! God bless you and keep you. Stay plugged in to the Source. He is using you mightily!

    • Thanks Nathalie and Amen. 

      I truly believe our level of maturity is directly related to the potency of and the value we place on our words. Even God magnifies His word above His name – heaven and earth (God’s handiwork) will pass away but not a dot in His word!

  2. Hebrews 4:12……For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    1 Thessalonians 2:13…..For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

  3. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword. The power of this statement has never been truer, especially in light of recent events. The Master himself came, ushering in the Kingdom of God – God’s perfect system into an imperfect world. He initiated a movement that still lives and breathes ever after over centuries and centuries to come – but He never wielded a sword, an AK-47 or possessed weapons of mass destruction. Rather, He came with His WORDS. Imagine…

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