Most people just say things as jokes and let them slide. Calling people names has an effect in their destiny so be careful what you say. I didn’t just wake up and think this up in a bid to scare y’all and this isn’t another one of my ‘Be Nce’ speeches. this is actually pretty serious stuff that has been happening since time in memorial.
In the bible, which is the ultimate beginning, all the names meant something;
Woman – Taken out of man
Abram – Exalted father (which was changed to)
Abraham – Father of many
Isaac – Laughter
Jacob – Deceit/Deceiver
All Jacob’s sons had significant messages in their names depending on the circumstances at that time and the way the mother felt.
Let’s take a look at Benjamin. His mother named him Ben-Oni meaning ‘son of my sorrow’. Due to Jacob’s constant fellowship with God and because we were made in his likeness, Jacob understood the power behind names and quickly changed his name to ‘Benjamin’ meaning ‘Son of my right hand’.
Israel means ‘contender with God’ and the Israelites indeed always contended with God in spite of the miracles He performed through the various prophets and the mercy He continually showed them.
Next most of us know the story of Jabez. Jabez is one of those guys in the bible who no one really knows but he stands out. His mother named him so because ‘(She) bore him in pain’ but he prayed a little prayer now known worldwide in Christiandom as the ‘Prayer of Jabez‘.
Oh that you would bless me indeed
And enlarge my territory
That your hand will be with me
And that you would keep me from evil
It is a significant fact that he was remembered for a prayer rather than for a heroic act. The best part is that God granted his request. This ultimately means that when we ask God for something He answers no matter how insignificant the thing seems to us. his answer may be ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Not yet’ but the point is He’ll answer.
‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (NIV)
One thing that’s always on my mind is Jeremiah 29:11 (quoted above) so I’m not in the least bit worried or at least I try not to be 🙂 At the end of the day, whether it’s said in jest or not doesn’t matter; calling someone a fool just doesn’t ‘fly’ especially children because you are in a way defining their destiny. There is power in the tongue. (James 3:5)
The tongue is a small thing that can make grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. (NLT)