By Jena Kleinpeter
Ps 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and redeemer.
Think about your life. Did the sun rise or set? Did you see a flower or a rainbow? Did that moment “speak” to you? If so, these are the words of God because he made everything on earth for us. He speaks to us in a language of love.
Have you ever said something and then regretted it? I have. Once, while working, a conversation about Disney World “gay week” occurred. When asked if I would go, I said, absolutely not! I offended several friends, and they questioned me about God’s love for all people. At first, I was at a loss. I remembered the above scripture and asked God for the correct words.
I wanted to explain that God loves everyone but there are times God is not pleased with people’s actions. Several became defensive and asked “why.” I knew that God examines every word and thought, so I regretted getting into this discussion. I wanted to explain God’s words on homosexuality but knew this was not the time or place. Instead, I said that in all fairness when Disney sponsors Christian week then we could talk about it again.
Human effort rarely works, but God will give us wisdom to control the tongue. When I realized that God judges our thoughts and words, I summoned extra effort to think and speak more positively, be non-judgmental and try to avoid gossip.
Controlling our words can be a daily contest but remember who is standing with you. Starting each day knowing that God is present to help in everything makes it easier to choose our words wisely to smile a little more, be patient in a long line and even sing songs of praise in traffic. Every day, I pray God’s love and wisdom will guide my words and thoughts to be the best I can for him.
Edited by Teena Myers, SCW Chairman
Jena Kleinpeter‘s Word of the Day is a work in progress. She hopes to publish a 365 day devotional on the book of Psalms. Visit https://jenakleinpeter.com/ for more devotions in Psalms.