Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Strong’s concordance says that the word, “acceptable” in this bible verse also means delight… God wants our spoken words to be acceptable, but more than that …He (God) wants our words to be delightful to hear. He is always listening!
My Heavenly Father has been working on me and my mouth for some time!! It’s hard to walk in obedience to God, when he has given to you, people to love, but also who challenge you often in this “Work in progress” that God is doing in our lives. But then… how can we practice walking in Gods kind of love and keeping our negative and hurting words to ourselves, if we don’t have someone to practice on! My flesh wants to lash out… but my Heavenly Father ask that I make my words, ALL MY WORDS, delightful to hear… not only to Him, but to those around me. He also requires that what I am meditating on in my mind and in my heart …. be acceptable in HIS sight!!
Lord, I ask you to check me in my spirit before I open my mouth to speak… but even more, Lord… help me to always focus, thus meditate on whatsoever is true, whatsoever is honest, whatsoever is just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report…. look for the virtue in people, look for something to praise and think on these things… in their lives. Remember that our wonderful Savior, Jesus, said… You without sin cast the first stone. Our hurtful, cutting, degrading words are like stones…. heaping on pain, embarrassment, fear, hurt feelings, broken hearts….. Gods Word also says that an offended person is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.
Philippians 4:7-9 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Proverbs 18:19-21 A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle. A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. [Matt. 12:37.]
It costs nothing to say something kind. Even less to shut up altogether……Castle
BTW: Do you KNOW my Savour? Jesus is HIS NAME.
Sharon D. Middleton, Oklahoma City, Ok