Have you considered the importance of the words you speak to others? Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.” In your daily life of plentiful information that you hear and speak, consider the “R” of your words and how you can build up others and be a benefit in your relationships.
Remember – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21. In those times of anger or frustration it’s easy to let hurtful words come out of our mouths, words that have the potential to cause great pain and the Bible describes those words as speaking death to a person. Your words will stay in the heart and mind of the people you encounter daily, so remember to bless them with words of life instead of words of death.
Responsibility – What can you do to be more careful with your words, to keep in mind that as a believer you have a responsibility with your words? Consider this passage from Psalm 19:14 as a daily prayer “May the words of mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord.” Ask the Lord to teach you how to honor Him with your words, to remember your words are how you communicate with a Holy God.
Regard – To have regard or value for the words you speak, take into account that Matthew 15:18 says, “The things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart.” This reminds me of a computer term called input/output which is a device to transfer data to and from a computer. So you could say that what you input in your heart is going to have an output from your mouth. II Timothy 2:22 is an effective prayer to help control the desires of the heart, “Flee evil desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Input = run away from wrong desires and the output = a spiritually healthy heart.
Request – Studying and reading your Bible on a daily basis is another essential aspect to build up your life with truth and the words that will come from your heart will be what Colossians 3:16 describes as, “The word of Christ richly dwelling within you.” When I have opportunities to pray with people who are going through a difficult time, I sometimes don’t know what to say to comfort them. I have found in my loss for words, it’s more important to speak or pray a word from the Bible that will give more comfort than my words. I have also discovered that as I’m faithful to be in God’s Word, He is faithful to speak His word to comfort, correct and give me direction for my life.
Repent – I’m reminded of an uncomfortable passage in Jeremiah 17:9 that tells me my heart is deceitful above all things. I daily have to ask Jesus to forgive me for the wrong thoughts, desires and ideas I hold in my heart and “create in me a clean heart” from Psalm 51 is a regular prayer in my relationship with Christ so that I have the assurance I have been washed and cleansed from my sin. As you pray and ask the Lord for healing and forgiveness, you will then have the ability to speak words of kindness, truth and love that flows from a clean heart.
Rely – You have a promise from the Word of God when you believe in Jesus and rely on Him as your Lord and Savior, “Whoever believes in Me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” John 7:38. This is a promise that the Holy Spirit of truth will pour through your life and you will be filled with the Spirit of the Lord. You will have power to speak truth and have victory over your flesh and desires of heart. Your words will be a refreshing stream of water to those in your life.
“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach … the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it” Deuteronomy 30:11 & 14