The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Prov. 12:18 (NIV)
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Prov. 15:4 (NLT)
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26 (ESV)
Let your conversation be always full of grace. Col. 4:6 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, this collage of Scriptures reminds us that nothing carries more power for hope and harm, building up and tearing down, giving life and dolling death than our words. Therefore, as this day begins, we choose to steward our words, like you call us to steward every other good gift you entrust to us.
And since our lips reveal the preoccupation of our hearts, help us fix (and keep) our minds and affection on Jesus—who alone is worthy; whose beauty is incomparable; who loves us like no one else. We don’t want our pain, selfishness, anger, or foolishness to have the lordship of our words.
Father, thank you for hiding our lives in Christ, for he is our guarantee of complete forgiveness, perfect righteousness, and citizenship in heaven. No matter whatever else is going on in our world, in Christ, you’ve given us riches beyond measure, peace beyond understanding, and life, truly abundant. We praise and bless you. May this good news win the day, seize our hearts, and shape our words.
Today, we will most likely experience difficult people and disappointing circumstances; challenging relationships and unplanned for interruptions; personal limitations and repeat offenders. Father, it’s our desire to respond with mercy and grace, as opposed to reacting out of irritation and anger. So we look to you and we abandon ourselves to you. Grant us the grace of the gospel and the power of your Spirit.
May we speak 100 words of healing for every harmful syllable we utter today. And when our lips contradict the gospel, grant us quick repentances and more grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ matchless and merciful name.