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 26 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 six with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to guard your words.
Choose Guarded Words
“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
How do you choose what to say? Do you believe that everything you think ought to be spoken? What do you think God’s command to take every thought captive would say about that? Have you ever used words that you later wished you could take back? Could you? Does honesty require you to speak everything that comes to your mind? Have you ever been dishonest simply because you felt you had to say something? How can choosing guarded words help you to be honest with others?
We all know people who seem to blurt out some of the most inappropriate things at the most inopportune times — perhaps we’ve been that person. As David prays, he asks God to set a guard over his mouth so it doesn’t draw him into evil. Unguarded words have a way of causing pain and hurt to others and even to ourselves. As you pray, join the Psalmist in praying that God would set a guard over your mouth. Pray that you would engage your heart and mind before you put your tongue into overdrive. Pray that truth and love would guard the words you choose each day.