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 18 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 fourteen with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are filled with praise.
Choose Praise-Filled Words
“My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.”
Psalm 35:28 (NIV)
How often do you like to hear people say good things about you? Based on the words they hear from you, what would people think about your feelings toward God? Are you more likely to talk about your struggles with disappointments in life or about how God has carried you through them? Do you think your attitude toward life, and God, would change if you consistently chose praise-filled words? How should God’s rescue of you from sin affect your desire to praise Him?
On-line reviews can be a complicated maze to work through when trying to determine a good place to visit or product to buy. It seems everything has its share of fans as well as those who are disgruntled. Sometimes I think people view a relationship with God that way too. They have interest but they carefully evaluate what those who already know God say by their words and actions. As you pray, ask God to fill your mouth with praise at all times. Pray that you would learn to praise Him in times you consider good and in times you consider bad. Pray that the people around you would hear a good review of God through the praise that is on your lips.