“Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!”
How does the word of your mouth affect the people around you? Does it lift them up, build them up, nourish their souls or crash them and stunt their spiritual growth, rob peace and joy from them, make them feel unworthy to receive God’s grace…? Well, whatever we say, should be for the benefit of those who perceive it. In Ephesians 4:29, the Apostle Paul said, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
How wonderful and life-giving it is, to receive a word in a moment you need it most! I really mean a word from a pure heart! A word that’s able to restore “broken life” to wholeness, a word that’s not only beneficial to man but also pleasing to the LORD. David knew that his mouth could create a barrier between him and God and so he prayed, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalms 19:14)
Let king David’s prayer be part of our everyday prayer that the words of our mouths be pleasing to the LORD. Let’s always examine our words before we speak out. Let’s always look for the positive effects of what we will speak. Let our words be words that our hearers would always desire to replay.
Let’s ponder about this for a moment:
Why would king David, the man we know as “a man after God’s own heart” keep on pleading with God [Psalm 141:3] to keep him from uttering worthless words? Many times, out of excitement or anger, we talk without thinking of the after-effects of our words. King David understood it very well that only God is able to perceive our words even before we speak [Psalm 139:4], he chose to run to God and asked Him to guard his mouth from uttering inappropriate words. “God is able to put appropriate words in our mouths.” (If we only depend on Him for what to say, and ask Him to speak in and through us, He surely gives us the right words for the right season.) Our words have the power to build or to destroy people’s lives, careers, relationships,… On this, we need to be very, very careful. For the Bible says in Matthew 12:36-37, that, “by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
You and I are responsible for every word we speak. Let’s always “say the right thing at the right time”, to the glory our Father, God and the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection Verse: Proverbs 3:28
God Bless You!