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 27 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 five with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which glorify God.
Choose Glorifying Words
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)
What first comes to mind when you hear the word glory? Have you ever talked, or heard someone talk, about returning something to its “glory days”? What is meant by that? What causes something, or someone, to no longer receive glory? How might unity among believers lead to words which glorify God? How does disunity hinder such glory? Do you give much thought to whether your everyday words glorify God? How could you glorify God with the words you use in everyday conversations?
A few years ago, a local sports team used the phrase “return to glory” as a rallying cry for their season. While a lot of this had to do with a desire for improved play, there was also an element of needing to change the way the program was being talked about. Sometimes our attitude removes glory from God when we fail to choose words which honor Christ. As you pray, ask God to help you give glory to Him through the words you use with the people around you. Pray that the unity you have with fellow believers would cause you to choose words which glorify God.