What’s the big deal with the “F word?” Used to be that people would use adjectives to help us understand what they meant. They would talk about a melodious bird or a twisted relic, a cantankerous geezer or a dog-eared book. Their descriptive words would jumpstart our imaginations. Now, they say, “F’n geezer,” or “F’n bird” and my imagination shrivels. My interest sags. My daughter says I’m old fashioned and that I have allowed the “F word” to have too much power over me. Power? I think not. It’s not powerful, it’s lazy.
Let me tell you about a Word with astonishing power, so much so, there’s no word in English that completely conveys it’s meaning. The Greek word, Logos, is translated in English as “Word.” But, as it is commonly used in the New Testament, it’s much more than a combination of letters. Logos means the mindset and understanding of God, the way God thinks and interacts with the reality He created. Logos is the Greek root for the word, “logic.” The apostle, John, called Jesus “The Word,” the “Logos.” He meant that Jesus was the full essence of God’s Mind. By this he equates Jesus, “The Word,” with God:
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
“Logos” is a word with power. God’s plan to restore humans to their full potential and life, as revealed in both the Old and New Testaments, is to plant His “Logos” in their soul, like a seed that will grow.
““… “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33b)
“And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:27)
When God’s Logos is planted in us it grows and changes us with power. His law is put into our minds, His Spirit lives in our soul. This planting of God’s Logos is made possible as we accept God’s gift of forgiveness and cleansing, paid for by Jesus on the cross. In Jesus’ words,
“…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16b-17)
Now, there’s a “Word” with real power, living, growing, transforming power. Compared to “Logos,” the “F word” has all the power of flattened roadkill.
Now, consider this from Jesus’ brother, James:
“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (James 1:21)