Our ability to speak is a gift from God. Let us use that gift to uplift and encourage those that we come in contact with during the day.
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile; Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” I Peter 3:8-11
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleaness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry; for which things sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience; in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” Colossians 3:5-10
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” Proverbs 15:1, 2
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24
We need to ask Jesus to help us to be cheerful and positive in our thinking during the day so that kind, cheerful words flow out from our mouths. At all times we want to point people to Jesus. The way we talk is so important in helping people to believe that we are Christians, and it helps them to have good thoughts regarding our Lord.
If we run into someone during the day that does not know Jesus, they will listen to us and watch us if we say we are Christians. Just by the way we talk and in the way we conduct our lives can draw an unbeliever to Christ.
In this sin-sick world people need hope. Jesus is our only hope. Our being kind in the way that we talk may open a way for us to explain to someone that Jesus is our only hope and that His coming is so soon. God will use us if we allow Him to. Pray that God will give you the right words to say to those that you come in contact with during the day, friend, and he will use you in helping them to know and worship our loving Jesus.
Sometimes we think we have to do some great, mighty thing in order to be a witness for the Lord. But, that is not the case. He can use us in many ways in helping people if we allow Him to. Love is what draws people to Jesus, and our being kind and loving in the way we conduct our lives and in the words that we speak can be used by God to draw people to Him.
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” Proverbs 17:27, 28
“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” James 1:19, 20, 21, 26
“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14
“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3:2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” Titus 3:1, 2
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me; and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.” Psalms 50:23
“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Psalms 141:3
“The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” Proverbs 15:28
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
“But, ye brethren, be not weary in well doing.” II Thessalonians 3:13
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36, 37