This evening, as I read a blog entitled Guarding Our Words by @Christineingram, I could not help but recall a verse I thought of earlier today.
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
That was probably the first Bible verse I ever learned, even before John 3:16. My grandmother believed it was her mission in life to teach this verse to all of her grandchildren. There were 25 of us. We all quoted it at her funeral back in 2005.
Despite the fact that this verse was committed my memory at an early age as well as the explanation which went along with it, I must confess that this has been a lifetime struggle for me. You see, it is so easy to think before we speak.
We can blame it on a lot of things. We can blame it on our spouse, our children, our parents, our co-workers, customers, the neighbors and even some innocent bystander. We can blame it on our situation whether it is home, work, church or a physical ailment. If we can't come up with an excuse on our own, the enemy will be happy to lend us one of his.
The bottom line is, if the words which come out of my mouth are not acceptable to God, it is my own fault. Notice I said acceptable to God rather than myself. There is a difference sometimes, you know. Sometimes I may feel justified in what I say and therefore it is acceptable to me. However, does that mean it is acceptable to God?
God has given us a great gift. We have the ability to communicate with one another whether the words are spoken or written. We can further clarify our words by means of the tone of our voice and body language.
Uh-oh. Those last two elements are typically absent in cyberspace. This is why you must be even more careful with your words in places like CB. Most of the time the reader knows nothing about you or little beyond the bio and testimony you wrote. They are unable to see what you look or "sound" like when you are writing your words. These means we must be even more careful in choosing our words.
The words we speak can strengthen, encourage and teach. However, they can also cause strife, discouragement, hurt and division.
What are your words doing?
My son and I were discussing this very topic yesterday. we looked at how the tongue is so difficult to tame and how our witness is let down when we open our mouth.
Sometimes I wish mine were sewn shut!!
Great points K . I can read a lot in a persons eyes, and their body language, face-to-face. Only words here though. A big handicap. But of course, the Holy Spirit can be discerned in any circumstances, and also the truth of Gods word, rightly divided.