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 24 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 eight with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are just.
Choose Just Words
“The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.”
Psalm 37:30-31 (NIV)
How important is it to you that your words are right and true? Do you value that at least as much as your desire for the words of others to be just? How do you define justice? Do you think your definition influences how you perceive words that are just? How do the laws of God help you understand true justice? How often do you think about using God’s Word as the standard for the words you choose? How does your choice of words reflect the righteousness and wisdom which come from God?
Sometimes it is easier to choose words that you believe people want to hear rather than speak words that you know are right and true. It is our relationship with Christ that helps us to speak words that are needed in ways that are right. As you pray, ask God to help you understand His words to you which are just. Pray that God would give you the wisdom necessary to speak words that are just. Pray that the people around you would know because of the words you use that there is a way that is right and true. Pray that your words that are just would always be spoken in love.