Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use. Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away? Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance? Over the next 31 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day one with an important reminder that watching our mouth will lead you to use assuring words.
Choose Assuring Words
“And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews in the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Xerxes — words of goodwill and assurance — to establish these days of Purim at their designated times, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had decreed for them, and as they had established for themselves and their descendants in regard to their times of fasting and lamentation.”
Esther 9:30-31 (NIV)
What things tend to make you anxious and fearful? Have you ever had someone try to assure you that things would be okay at a time when you had lost all hope? What does it take to help you have a more positive view of circumstances which look bleak? Are there specific words or phrases that help assure you when you are doubtful about a situation? How is God’s Word useful in giving you assurance? How can you use God’s Word to assure others? How often would your friends say you use words which bring assurance to them in times of their fears?
As the Jewish nation celebrated God’s rescue of them through the courage of Esther, the queen and Mordecai wrote assuring words to all the people. These words were an assurance that this occasion would be remembered throughout time as a reminder of God’s ability to rescue. As you pray, ask God to help you know the assurance He gives regarding His ability to rescue you. Pray that you would use words which assure others of God’s desire and ability to be with them in the times of their greatest need.