Posted by: theedwardsfam | April 22, 2008

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O Lord.”

Have you have ever been insulted? Have you have ever been made fun of as part of a joke? How did you feel when you were insulted?

When I was in elementary school whenever someone would insult someone else I would usually hear one of two responses….

I’m rubber, you’re glue, bounces off me and sticks to you

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

These statements are completely false and are only a lie we say to pretend that we are not affected by what people say.

Matthew 12:34 “How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”

If you are living a life that fears and obeys God, your words will be evidence of that. The heart speaks through the mouth.

James 3:10-12 “And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.”

You can’t get fresh water from the ocean and neither should you hear foul, abusive, or harsh speech coming from someone who has been transformed from a sinful being into a child of God. As a Christian I should be acting like a Christian, especially in regard to how I talk to people.

Eph 4:29 “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
Is everything I say encouraging? Is everything you say encouraging?

Why should we be careful with our words???

Eph. 5:1-4 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”

Be imitators of God, walk in love, speak in love because God died for you!

Col 3:8-9 “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another.”
Don’t be someone who is abusive with their words. You probably all know someone that is and you probably don’t like them very much because they are always putting you down and insulting you!

No one likes to be insulted, even if it’s a joke!

Everyong likes to be around someone who is encouraging! As Christians, we should be the best at encouraging people!

Eccl. 10:12-14 “Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him…yet the fool multiplies words.”

Matt 12:36-37 “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the Day of Judgment. ‘For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.’”

This should make you more careful with what you say! You have to give an account for every word you say. It makes me want to say a lot less!

James 1:19 “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

Most of us are exactly the opposite…we would rather talk than listen! The people I like to be around the most are the people that are good at listening to me.

A good friend is one who will listen to you!. You want friends? Be a good listener!

Col 4:6 “Let your speech always be with GRACE, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

How often SHOULD your words be spoken with grace?
How often ARE your words be spoken with grace?

Rom. 14:19 “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”

Are you pursuing the things which build people up? Are you saying things that build people up?

Are you respectful or are you rude?
Are you gracious or are you harsh?
Are you encouraging or are you discouraging?

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD.” (Psalm 19:14)

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