The Way God Wants You to Talk
Speech is very important. The Bible says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). Therefore, no matter how young you are, the words that come out of your mouth matter.
As Christians, people should see a difference in our speech compared to theirs. So, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).
So, when you talk to others, are you building them up or tearing them down? Are you an encourager or a discourager? These are just two questions that you can think about every time you’re talking to someone else. Think and ponder how Jesus would talk to others and then be a light to the world.
However, speech doesn’t just stop with others. You should also talk about yourself in a kind way. Have you ever said, “I look ugly,” “I can’t do that” “There is no way I’ll be anything in life?” These sayings can harm you and make you feel terrible about yourself. Jesus says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, speak life to yourself and others. You will start feeling the presence of God more and more each day as you let Him transform your speech.
Heavenly Father, I pray that you help those who are reading this devotional with their speech. Have the Holy Spirit transform them from death to life. For you say in Matthew 12:36, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” Therefore, since every word we say will be brought to account, help us speak life according to Your word. “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19). In Jesus name I pray, Amen.