Criticize at 75 MPH? Then Let’s Repent at 150 MPH

“The mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45); “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18); “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Col. 4:6). 

Heavenly Father, what your Word says about our words underscores why we need (and get) new mercies every day. The conversations we carry on in our minds, the “processing” we carry on in our hearts, and the interactions we have during the day, demonstrate our constant need of your grace.

We have no joy in misrepresenting you by an irresponsible use of our words. Forgive us when we speak the “rash words of a sword-thruster.” May our words bring…

Healing, not harm

Insightfulness, not defensiveness

Humility and hope, not blame and shame

     Whatever fills our hearts, fuels our thinking and shapes our speaking. So, right now (and throughout the day) we choose to set our minds, hearts, and affection on Jesus—the author and perfecter of our faith; our full forgiveness and perfect righteousness; the One who only prays words of grace over us, and speaks words of life to us.

Father, may our words be even 3% as kind and helpful as the Gospel is true and powerful. If we tend to criticize at 75 mph, may we repent at 150 mph. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ great and gracious name.