Right now, one of the most popular words in hip-hop is ‘blessings’. Both Lecrae and Chance the Rapper titled their songs with this word, and many practice gratitude regularly by counting their blessings.
But I want to dig in a little deeper into this word so that we can be richly blessed by a deeper understanding — no pun intended. The Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines it as “the act or words of one that blesses,” or “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.” Basically, it means to speak well of someone or wish them well.
When you see that meaning for ‘blessing’, I think we all should reflect on how many opportunities we have to bless others. If we understood the power of a blessing, we would take extra care in how we talk to others in our day-to-day interactions. This becomes more important when we think of the ways we bless God.
There are many verses that encourage believers to bless the Lord, and it’s not just a religious thing we do, so that we get that extra spiritual juice in our day. When you bless God, you speak well of Him, His character, and His attributes. The more you read His word, the more you learn His ways, and the more you begin to bless Him. When you bless God, He receives that in love. He’s not a construct of our minds, He’s truly alive and hears you.
Keeping that in mind, you have many opportunities to speak blessings over your loved ones, friends, and even your enemies as Christ called His disciples to do. It ties into the verse Proverbs 18:21 which says death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat of its fruit. When you intentionally bless others as a lifestyle, you in turn are blessed as well. God did this by design, because He Himself desires to bless all that He has made, and wants us to reflect Him in that desire as well.
Some practical ways you can speak blessings on others:
- Mention to your friends and family things like “You’re a great friend.”, “May your family be at peace.”, “You will be fruitful in life.”, “May God strengthen you in all you have to do.”
- When you bless an enemy, meaning someone who is antagonistic to you, wish them well. Compliment a good quality you see in them, and encourage them to do more of that.
- When you see them doing great at something, bless them by saying, “You will continue to do great!”
Romans 12:2 says we’re transformed by the renewing of our minds, so be intentional in maintaining the deep understanding of blessings and remember that you have the opportunity to bless others.