For the past six weeks the ladies at my church have worked through a challenging study that required us to rethink the way we speak. I have to admit that many times at the end of each study I would have to repent and pray for God’s help to change the words of my mouth.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
This scripture is continually running through my mind: more than anything I want the words that flow from my mouth to be pleasing to my God.
Even if our words are clean and our conversation seems fine, we still need to take time to evaluate our hearts. Is what we say pleasing to God? Are our words encouraging or discouraging? Do we build up people or tear them down? Do we find ways in our conversation to speak positively or are we eager to speak the negative?
It’s easy when we are caught up in conversation to loosen our filters a little bit and speak without first thinking, “Is this pleasing to Him?”I have learned that only way to prevent that from happening is that God changes my mind and my heart so that my first instinct is the speak helpful words rather than harmful ones. I shouldn't always have to worry if my filter is tight enough, I should be thinking and believing enough positive that it's natural for me to utter those words. That change will not happen unless we stay buried in God's Word and find time to talk with Him. We are supposed to be a reflection of Him and that does not only mean in appearance but in our words as well. We can't reflect someone if we do not personally know them. It is imperative to take time to get to know our Lord and pray that our words show others who He is. We need to let God work on our hearts so that words that flow from our mouths please Him.