Righteous Speech Pleases God

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Daily Reading: Numbers 10:1-11:23, Mark 14:1-21, Psalm 51:1-19, Proverbs 10:31-32

Daily Verse: “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.” Prov. 10:31

Righteous speech pleases God.

“But ask God if your speech is honoring Him,” said my therapist.  During my last session, the topic of cursing came up.  Full confession, in heated moments, I’ve spewed unpleasant words.  Hence the conversation on cursing.

And now I hear my therapist’s words echo when the urge to say something adverse tempts me. Most times, I don’t need to ask God; I already know the answer, and my mouth remains closed.

Words contain the power of life and death, having the ability to build up or destroy.  Using fewer words and choosing them well benefits others and ourselves.

And if in doubt, ask God, “Does your speech honor Him?” Adding a filter to your language will change the words you use. With God’s help, we become encouragers, one sentence at a time.

Honor God and others with your speech.  Mom’s advice stands the test of time:  “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”

Lord, forgive us for our unpleasant words.  Nudge us through Your Spirit when our language doesn’t honor You.  In all we do, let us represent You well, not only in word but deed.  IJNIP. Amen

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