March 20 The Words of Your Mouth

Scripture reading: Psalm 19

Key verse: Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.

The words of your mouth often reveal the contents of your heart. Some people work hard at being in control of what they say. They are careful not to allow any distasteful or deceitful word to be used. However, at some point emotions rise, and the quickness of speech uncovers what is hidden inside.

The psalmist wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Ps. 19:14 nasb). All of us have experienced a time when we have said something that hurt another and we felt badly for doing it. But when your life is fully submitted to Jesus Christ, God will protect your words and teach you how to walk in purity of thought and deed.

In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul addressed the need to renew our minds in Christ. What does this have to do with the words we say? Everything! When our minds are set on Jesus, all that proceeds from us will be laced with love, patience, joy, hope, and kindness. Then even in difficult times, the words we say will reflect an inner peace that comes from the Savior.

Proverbs 4:23 (nasb) is a good reminder: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.” Ask the Lord to forgive anything you have said in thoughtless haste to another. And pray that He will bring you close to Himself.

Lord, forgive me of anything I have said to others in thoughtless haste. Draw me close to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 83). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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