We say around ten thousand words every single day (... each of us individually!). Words that can cheer up and bless, or divide and put down. They can start wars, or heal hearts. Just look at soap operas, where most of the plots are based around this particular part of broken humanity. Chances are, of those ten thousand words you speak, at least one or two may not be very well thought through. The Bible says, 'If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless' (James 1:26 NLT). Wow!
So, how can you gain a bit more control over your mouth? (1) Encourage: Encouragers are God's frontline against lies of the enemy that rob people of hope and joy. Use your words to lift the mood. (2) Ask for wisdom: 'Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips' (Psalms 141:3 NLT). Be quick to listen and slow to speak, asking God to guide you when choosing your words - including those you speak about yourself. (3) Speak truth and life: Jesus is '...the way, the truth and the life' (John 14:6 NLT). As His family and followers, our speech should reflect this. Talk truthfully and you'll speak words which, like a '...life-giving fountain' (Proverbs 13:14 NLT), point others to God.
So what now? Psalm 141:3 (CEV) says: 'Help me to guard my words whenever I say something'. Write these words out and stick them somewhere to remind you to use your words wisely.
Soulfood : Acts 13:21-22, 1 Sam 16, 1 Sam 17:32-51, 1 Sam 24:1-17