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 4 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-eight with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words of warning.
Choose Words of Warning
“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”
Acts 2:40-41 (NIV)
Have you ever ignored a warning that you later wished you had heeded? Have you ever been in a situation where someone could have warned you of potential trouble but chose not to and you wished that they would have? When you anticipate trouble, how do you decide when to warn someone? Does the refusal of people to heed your warnings influence your decision to choose warning words? Does your response to warning words change the willingness of others to warn you in the future?
Throughout scripture, God warns that there are consequences for our actions yet many live as if this isn’t true. Sometimes we fail to heed warnings because we don’t think they apply to us or we don’t want to submit to the person issuing the warning. As you pray, ask God to help you understand that the warnings He gives are for your good and for the good of mankind. Pray that you would have the courage to warn others of the consequences, according to God’s word, of a life apart from Jesus.