Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
What a wonderful reminder we have in Psalm 19, the importance that we seek favor from the Lord in the way we communicate with others. If we are being honest, there are some words and phrases that can legitimately cause people to disregard the things you say completely. I find it very difficult to take anything from a conversation that is prolific with the four-letter words that should not be bouncing off our lips. The words of our mouth can say a lot about the character of a person.
Sticks & Stones
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Those words are usually coming from somebody that has actually been significantly hurt by the choice of words used against them. The truth of the matter is that our words can have a lasting impact. What we say does matter, it matters quite a bit actually.
Words Acceptable In His Sight
Instead of using words that are meant to hurt and damage, we should be striving to use words that encourage and lift up! The words we use on a daily basis can impact the world around us in a very positive way. When we choose to use positive words instead of negative, we can and will impact the world for His cause.
Mediation Of The Heart
What is it that your heart truly desires? Are those desires going to be acceptable to the Lord? It is a very important concept to grasp. When we become closer and closer to the Lord, our desires should align more and more with His will. When we are truly seeking after the Lord, when we are completely sold out for Him, our desires will become His desires, and once again, they will be acceptable in His sight.
Where Does Our Strength Come From?
So where does the strength come from to speak positive words instead of negative? How do I change my desires to align with His? Philippians 4:13 promises… (13) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me… I can speak positive words instead of negative ones. I can desire godly ambitions. I can do all things through Christ’s strength, not mine alone!
We can positively impact this world for the Lord through something as simple as the way we speak. Be ready to give an account for your belief, it may be the very thing someone needs this very moment!
Psalm 34:13 (NKJV)
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.