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 3 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-nine with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are well-spoken.
Choose Well-Spoken Words
“Let a righteous man strike me — it is a kindness; let him rebuke me — it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers; their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.”
Psalm 141:5-6 (NIV)
What would make a word be well-spoken? Have you ever been in a situation when words from the past come to mind and you realize because of their value now, just how well-spoken they were? How do you feel when someone says something that doesn’t seem to fit with the current conversation? Are you more likely to recognize a well-spoken word when it is spoken or when it is needed? What is the value of a well-spoken word if no one seems to heed it at the time it is said?
My mind has a wiring pattern that requires great contemplation before determining the value of things that are said. Rarely do I hear something and immediately think, “That was some well-spoken advice.” The true value of well-spoken words isn’t in how quickly they are accepted, rather in the long-lasting truth they contain. As you pray, ask God to give you the courage to choose well-spoken words even when they don’t seem to be heeded immediately. Pray that God’s Spirit would continue to work in the minds of the people listening so that at just the right time, they would see the value of your words.