The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Prov. 12:18 (NIV)
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Prov. 15:4 (NLT)
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26 (ESV)
Let your conversation be always full of grace.Col. 4:6 (NIV)
Heavenly Father, this tapestry of Scriptures reminds us that nothing carries more power for hope and harm, building up and tearing down, giving life and killing beauty, than our words. Therefore, as this day begins, we choose to steward our words, even more so than our money.
Since our lips reveal the preoccupation of our hearts, help us fix (and keep) our minds and hearts on Jesus—who alone is worthy, whose beauty is incomparable, and who loves us more than anyone else. Father, thank you for hiding our lives in Christ, for Jesus is our guarantee of complete forgiveness, perfect righteousness, and citizenship in heaven.
No matter what else is going on in our world, in Christ, you’ve given us riches beyond measure, peace beyond understanding, and life truly abundant. May this good news win the day, seize our hearts, and shape our words. Pain or anger, selfishness or pettiness, idols or whims, simply don’t deserve lordship over our words.
Father, like most days, today, we’ll probably experience difficult people or disappointing circumstances; challenging relationships or unplanned for interruptions; provoking moments and irritating news bites. Help us respond with thick skin and gospel-hearts.
As your Spirit gives us strength, may we speak 100 words of healing for every harmful syllable we utter today. And when our lips contradict the gospel, grant us quick repentances and more grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ matchless and merciful name.