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 20 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 twelve with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are pleasant.
Choose Pleasant Words
“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it, but folly brings punishment to fools. A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Proverbs 16:21-24 (NIV)
When you think of the word pleasant, what first comes to mind? How much does what you hear influence the pleasantness of a particular place or situation? Have you ever been spoken to harshly? How did it make you feel in general? How did it make you feel toward the person speaking? How does a person’s tone of voice affect your willingness to take instruction? Would the people around you say that the words you most often use are pleasant?
It is amazing how often people are willing to help if you ask nicely. I’ve been in a variety of situations when a pleasant word to a waitress or other service industry person brings about a remarkable change in their desire to serve. Few of us like to have things demanded of us, so why is the power of pleasant words such a surprise? As you pray, ask God to help you hear your speech, both in tone and content, from His perspective. Pray that you would stop and think about what pleasant words would sound like in every situation you face. Pray that you would represent Christ well by your choice of pleasant words.