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 6 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-six with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to words which are timely.
Choose Timely Words
“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word!”
Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)
No pointing fingers, but have you ever known someone that seems to always say the right thing (or maybe the wrong thing) at the worst moment possible? Have you ever been in a situation where you needed a word of encouragement or comfort that just never came? Have you ever felt you needed to say something to a person but wrestled with the “when” so long that nothing was ever said? When was the most memorable time that a person spoke a timely word into your life?
Some say that in communication, timing is everything and that just may be true. We’ve probably all suffered through the ill-timed words of others and have enjoyed the receiving end of well-timed words. And we’ve probably all been on the giving end of each of those as well. As you pray, ask God to help you speak timely words that are good into the lives of the people around you. Pray that you would allow His timely words to you give you the courage to listen for the promptings of His Spirit in knowing when to speak the right words to others.