As Christians, we say that Jesus is Lord of our lives. If that is true, then Jesus would be Lord of our words and the thoughts that come from deep within us. (Click to tweet) We can’t say that Jesus is Lord of our lives and then use cuss word vulgar words. We can’t say that He is Lord of our lives but carry around anger, bitterness, and resentment towards others. (Click to tweet) The prayer of the psalmist in Psalm 19:14, should be our prayer every day: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.” So, then, what words and thoughts are acceptable to God?
Our words can either be the biggest blessing or deepest wound. We can either edify others and build them up as we speak life into them or we can cause hurt as we tear others down. (Click to tweet) Read the following verses to see what the Bible has to say about the power of our words:
- Proverbs 12:18 – “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
- Proverbs 13:3 – “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
- Proverbs 15:1 – “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
- Proverbs 15:4 – “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
- Proverbs 16:24 – “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
- Proverbs 18:21 tells us that both life and death are in the power of the tongue.
- Proverbs 21:23 – “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.”
- Matthew 12:36 – “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.”
- Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.”
- Colossians 3:8 – “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
- Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt so that you may know how you out to answer each person.”
- James 1:26 – “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”
God expects us to use our words to build each other, not tear each other down. Another way our words are acceptable to God is when we acknowledge His work in our lives and give Him the praise, honor and glory that is due Him. However, we can’t worship Him with our words on Sunday, but then cuss Monday through Saturday. We can’t sing praise songs to Him in the worship service but then stand around the break room at work and tell dirty jokes. (Click to tweet)
It isn’t just our words that should be acceptable to God. The words that exit from our mouths begin in the thoughts of our hearts. (Click to tweet) Matthew 15:18 says, “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.” Before the word is said, the thought is formed. In Luke 6:45, we find that it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. The psalmist also prayed that the meditations of his heart would be acceptable. These are the thoughts that dwell within us. Paul wrote a list of things in Philippians 4:8 that we should let our mind dwell on. He said, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise — dwell on these things.” If we allow our hearts and minds to dwell on these – then out of the abundance of these thoughts our mouth will speak and our words and thoughts will both be acceptable to God. (Click to tweet)
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.
Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.
With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities.