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Choosing Your Words Carefully

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 (NKJV)

Imagine if we only were given a certain quantity of words with which to speak each day—once we used them up we couldn’t speak anymore.  How would you use them?  Would you choose to use them carefully, or would you just rattle on about whatever came to your mind?  

The Bible actually has much to say about using our words carefully.  Proverbs 10:19 tells us, “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.”  And Solomon wrote, “a fool’s voice is known by his many words" (Eccl. 5:3).  And Jesus said,  for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment" (Matt. 12:36).

Imagine all of our words bouncing around and about – thought to be gone, but they are still out there at a different frequency and volume. I don’t know about you, but I am thankful knowing Jesus’ blood has covered all of my transgressions, including the words that should never have left my mouth.  But this grace from God given to every believer should never be viewed as a blank check.  We should never say improper things to anyone, with the forethought we are going to be forgiven by God – this isn’t Christ-like.

Even though we are forgiven, we will sit in judgment before God. We will be judged on what we have been given and what we did with it.  This includes the knowledge given to us within the Bible.  If we know we shouldn’t be speaking in slander, gossip, anger, profanity, lasciviously, with deception, or any other improper way, then we need to know when we do this we are causing others to stumble. These people around us may be believers, or unsaved, but the same opportunity exists to share Christ with both of them, and the best way to do this is to live like Christ before them. Our destructive words may very well be hindering their walk, or even their willingness to know Christ.  

When it comes down to it we really need to slow down and think before we speak.  The way I view it, we will either be a person who chooses to think before we speak, we will be a person who thinks while we are speaking, or we will be a person who doesn’t think until after they have spoken, and this can be very destructive. Ultimately, we are to do everything, whether it is in word or deed, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17). So in other words, we need to speak as if we are speaking to God. 

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t look forward to any highlight film being rolled of those times where I have foolishly spoken and caused pain, suffering, or damaged another person's walk, or in their willingness to even want to know about Jesus. I cannot change what I have done, but I can walk in newness of life. 

I want to encourage you today.  Choose to think upon these biblical truths today and choose your words carefully. Choose to speak words of encouragement, hope, and life when you are tempted to speak the opposite.  God will give you the power, and the proper wisdom if you ask Him (James 1:5).

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to our words?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to speak to others as if you are speaking to God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek to capture your thoughts and screen them.  Choose to get rid of any thought tempting you to do something in contrast to what God’s Word teaches. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for Your guidance, and wisdom. Thank You for helping me to be transformed by the renewing of my mind through reading Your Word.  Help me to identify any thoughts not of You. Help me to choose my words carefully and to use them to be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


May the Lord bless your day abundantly, Scott






Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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