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? Today concludes the 32 days of sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helped you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day thirty-two with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which come from God.
Choose God’s Words
“He answered, ‘Must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?’” Numbers 23:12 (NIV)
How often do you pause before you speak? Do you give much thought to choosing words that God would want you to speak? Do you ever find yourself saying words because you believe they are the words your listener wants to hear? How much does peer pressure influence the words you choose? What would be some hindrances to always choosing God’s words? Are there times or situations when you really don’t want to choose God’s words? Why?
I tend to pause a lot before I speak and even while I’m speaking. In doing so, I find that people who don’t know me often assume I have nothing to say or that I’m finished, so they rush in with a multitude of words which spill from their mouth. The initial reason for my speech pattern is simply about the way my mind is wired but I’ve discovered that it is a good pattern to cultivate if I really want to choose God’s words. As you pray, ask God to help you grow in your desire to speak only words that honor Him and have Him as their source. Pray that you would be familiar enough with scripture that you would recognize God’s words in everyday life.