Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Every year I try to take an account of the words that I’ve spoken and the thoughts that I’ve had during the 12 months. I try to evaluate how those thoughts have either benefited me or was possibly a detriment.
There are a lot of times where I want to speak out my feelings, but after I think about it, I decide that I don’t want my feelings to control my outcome so I keep my mouth shut. It has been an effective deterrent in keeping me from speaking out how I feel during any given situation. More than once it’s probably saved our marriage.
It’s not to say that I don’t vent! I do. And it’s not always a good vent! But I have tried to make it the exception to the rule simply because I know that my words have power, and with that power comes responsibility. I know that I am made in the image and likeness of God and that God is a speaking spirit. He creates with the words of His mouth and He has made me to do the same. That’s why Proverbs 18:21 says, death and life is in the power of the tongue and those who love it eat the fruit of it.
So what words have you spoken this year that you regret? Because it’s not all about you, it’s about speaking what God sees and feels about others not how you feel. Yes people are going to be people and the things that they do are going to sometimes light you on fire. But the key here is to gain control of your feelings to be able to speak positively and as the spirit leads rather than as your flesh leads. That’s practicing self-control and there are many of us who have forgotten what that is. As my mom always said, “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.”
So as the end of this year approaches quickly, let’s start out the new year with the most important resolution we can make, and that is to control the things that we say because it does affect not just others but the outcome of our own existence. Make this your prayer today.
Father, this year I give You my words. They are no longer mine, but Yours. May they bring life and not death. May they build and not tear down. May they bring peace and not strife.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Lord. I repent of bad seed and pray for crop failure on those. This year may I declare, “Your Kingdom (Your way of being and doing) come on the earth as it is in Heaven!”
It’s in Jesus name and forever for Your glory! Amen