Is your speech full of gossip and harmful backbiting? Is your conversation pleasing to God? Do you edify your hearers with kind and uplifting speech? Are family and friends strengthened by your gracious words?
We all need to give a little more thought to what we say before we say it. Scripture tells us that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matt. 12:34).
As you walk with God, He is concerned about the words that come out of your mouth–the things that you share, confess, affirm, and speak into the lives of others.
It is freeing to know that you don't have to speak all the time, talk about anything, and have an opinion about everything. It is not only important what we say, when we say it, why we say it, but also how we say it.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. James 1;26
When you speak, others are learning about you. They are learning whether you are a well-spoken, intelligent person who speaks and expresses clean wholesome words, thoughts and ideas from a clean and pure heart.
Jesus warned that “on the day of judgment we will give account for every careless word we speak” (Matt. 12:36). That alone should make us think twice before we speak.
Our words impact our lives, the lives of others, and our relationship with God. We should be very careful and evaluate our words before we speak.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we want the words that flow from our hearts and out of our mouths to be a life-giving spring. And may all who hear our words receive a blessing.
For the person who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. 1 Peter 3:10