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 7 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-five with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to words which have been tested and will stand up to being tested.
Choose Tested Words
“Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!”
Genesis 42:16 (NIV)
What do you do when you hear something that you are not sure is true? Do you believe every promise that people make to you? What things make you more likely to believe what someone says? How do you feel when someone wants to test the accuracy of your words? Are there people in your life of whom you would trust anything they said because their words have always stood the test of time? What would it take for you to become one of those people?
Most of us have people we trust to do what they say and people we don’t. A lot of factors may go into that, but one of the most common reasons for not believing what a person says is that their words have been tested in the past and found wanting. If you find that you are often not believed, you may want to spend time with God examining if you speak trusted words. As you pray, ask God to help you speak only words which can be trusted. Pray that the words you speak about God would not simply be theory and Bible stories, but would be tested words that you have discovered through your relationship with Jesus.