'The lips of the godly speak helpful words.' Proverbs 10:32 NLT
Having integrity includes how we use our words. If we wouldn't say something because a parent, friend or Jesus himself was standing next to us, then we probably shouldn't be saying it at all. God's always with us and he knows every word we've ever said and will ever say. He even knows the words we don't say - the ones we think. Jesus declared: 'What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs' (Luke 12:3 NIV). He knows everything about us.
In Psalm 139:4 (NIV) it says, 'before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely'. The word 'completely' suggests that he doesn't just know the word, but the motive with which we said it.
The thought of God knowing everything about us can seem daunting. It could seem there's nothing we can do about it. But that's not the case. God shows us where we're going wrong so we can change it. And he knows we're never going to be perfect; we're human. Instead of being disappointed in us for when we mess up our words, he's there encouraging us to do it differently next time around, encouraging us to say and think godly words. 'The lips of the godly speak helpful words' (Proverbs 10:32 NLT). Let's aspire to that.
So what now? In every conversation you have, imagine Jesus physically standing next to you. See how it changes the words you decide to use.
Soulfood: Ezek 14:1-16:52 Mk 14:43-52 Ps 129 Pro 14:25-28,