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 12 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 twenty with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are satisfying.
Choose Satisfying Words
“From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:20-21 (NIV)
What has been the most satisfying meal you have ever eaten? What made it so? How would those reasons apply to words that are satisfying? What is the most satisfying thing someone has said to you? What made it so? Have you ever had words which left “a sour taste in your mouth”? What about them was so unpleasant? Do you think the people around you would say the words you use are satisfying to you? To the hearer?
Most people want to find satisfaction not only in the things they do, but also in the things they hear and say. Many times when we are frustrated by the words we hear coming toward us, it is because we have ignored God’s principle that we will reap what we sow. Choosing satisfying words will not only benefit those who hear them, but they are seeds that will return a harvest of satisfaction in our own life. As you pray, ask God to help you consider the words you use. Pray that you would use the words spoken to you as a tool in examining how satisfying the words you speak to others might be. Pray that you would chose the Words of Life which satisfy completely.