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 2 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 thirty with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are filled with wisdom.
Choose Wise Words
“My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.”
Psalm 49:3 (NIV)
What is the wisest advice you have ever been given? Who shared it with you? What was their source? For you, what makes certain words seem foolish? Do you ever struggle to have just the right words to share with someone? Where do you turn when you need help choosing wise words to use? Does choosing wise words mean that everyone will finally pay attention to what you are saying? Why not?
In the book of James, we read that if anyone lacks wisdom they should ask of God who gives generously and without finding fault. At times it is amazing just how much foolish talk exists when God has promised a never-failing resource to help us choose wise words. If you want to speak words of wisdom on a more consistent basis, spend time with God and His Word on a more consistent basis. As you pray, ask God to not only give you the wisdom He has promised, but to give you the courage to share the wisdom He has put within you. Pray that He would fill you with a humility that allows you to share wise words in a manner that makes people want to hear them.