God bless you, GBU, and G-D bless you are the frequent texts/messages you will get today, and you will get the verbal version if you are going to a Church or prayer meeting. I have been a Christian for 15 years and was brought up in the faith believing that saying those three words was the ‘right’, ‘holy’, ‘proper’ thing to do. Well, that was until I read my Bible for what it is. I feel defrauded if I am honest because through prayer, seeking God and study I have discovered that saying those three words are traditional or cultural rather than spiritual. God has nothing to do with it.
You probably think I am crazy and fair enough if you do but I spent time on this, and I want to educate those who are willing to ‘hear’ so below I list out my findings in a spiritual order. Firstly I look at God’s Word and how Jesus and the Apostles spoke; Then I look at the spiritual implications of saying those three words; Finally, I will touch on the history of those three words.
What does God’s Word say? Looking at the words of Jesus, especially before His accession to the right hand of God He was more concerned about letting His disciples know about the coming of the HolyGhost; Poor disciples never got a God bless you from Jesus! Apostle Paul was the major contributor to the New Testament, and he always ended his letters very specifically by requesting that the grace of God be with the Churches he wrote to. Very different to saying, God Bless You. Peter and John were focused on ‘Saluting’ the recipients of the letters they wrote, and again, the emphasis was, peace and grace to be upon those who were reading (The Churches they planted). There is also the issue of the term, “GodSpeed” which is found in 2 John but the meaning of the scripture is critical. The explanation is that if there is someone who brings an alternate gospel to the one Jesus preaches then do not wish them a good or safe journey. You can’t find the term God Bless You in the Bible. We say it, day in day out. There are implications.
Every word that proceeds from our mouths are a seed sown, either a seed of life or death and according to Psalm 17:2 God desires our sentences to be formed in His presence. There are spiritual implications to the words we use in a positive and adverse way, therefore, my question is who gave us the authority to proclaim blessing on each other? Why are we speaking with such authority when it isn’t ours to have? It is God who decides where and who the blessing goes after all the scripture says His mercy falls upon whom He chooses. In 15 years of Christian living, I have seen God not bless me, but people insist on saying it to me (I am situation specific) and the conclusion is that the things that I was not blessed with were never in His will or the season expired. I have been guilty of speaking those three words for many years myself, and then I realised that how can I bless someone if God doesn’t even want that? Paul wrote at the end of his letter to the Church at Ephesus, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen”. I mean WOW! How many people have you blessed and you don’t even know if they sincerely love Jesus? Many Christians are exactly that according to Paul and Jesus.
You want to know about history I guess? I wouldn’t be too bothered at this point but some say the Romans first came up with it in regards to their pagan gods and others say it’s an English traditional saying that came about during the plague. You would say it if someone sneezes as they were about to die. So next time you want to say the words God Bless you what are you causing to happen in the spiritual realm? You don’t know God’s will for everyone’s life. Neither do I.
Let’s get back to the truth and not this Church tradition which breaks us down and causes us to sin. Jesus help us.