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 22 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 ten with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are living.
Choose Living Words
“He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us.”
Acts 7:38 (NIV)
Are there words that make you feel more alive when you hear them? Do you think the words you use often make others feel more alive? When you think of Moses receiving words from God, what first comes to mind? Do you often think about the laws of God being given as words which bring life? How does God’s commentary that the words given to Moses on Mount Sinai were meant to be living words passed on to us change your view of them?
I’ve worked in a variety of places where I have allowed the discouraging words of my bosses to bring a sense of death to my mind. Their words definitely brought death to those specific jobs. I’ve also had coworkers and friends who have spoken encouraging words to me in the same situations. Sometimes the major difference between deadly words and living words is the attitude behind them and the attitude with which they are received. As you pray, ask God to help you accept His laws as living words in your life. Pray that you would be filled with His love as you speak to others about the Word of God — the only words which can bring life eternal.