A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…
And an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 (NLT)
Lord Jesus, this Scripture is the chase to which we must always be cutting. The main issue in life isn’t tongue control, but heart fullness. Whatever we treasure in our hearts will be reflected in the stream of our words.
This is why we must preach the gospel to ourselves every day—long before any other storyline, distraction, or agenda grabs the attention of our hearts.
So self, listen up. You are standing in God’s grace and rooted in his love. You are the object of your Father’s affection and the target of his delight. All of this is true because of what Jesus has done for you. This is an everything changer, not just a game changer.
The tongue has the power of life and death. Prov. 18:21 (NIV)
How sobering. By what we say, we’re capable of bringing resurrection and destruction, eternal life and deadly harm. Jesus, help us choose wisely today. May even our body-language speak fluent mercy and grace. Give us “a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary” (Isa. 50:4).
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Eph. 4:29 (NLT)
May we never get used to hurting people with our words, never—including ourselves. May we never try to justify our contempt, shaming and biting words. There’s always a redemptive way to express our hurt, disappointments, and frustrations. We’d love to become fluent in this kind of heavenly tongues. Teach us, Lord.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Prov. 16:24 (ESV)
Jesus, no words are more gracious and heart-healing than the words you speak to us. So, grant us listening hearts as you sing to us today in the gospel, speak to us in the Scriptures, and encourage us through our friends. And may we offer a steady stream of wisdom, encouragement, and hope to others. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.