Let the words of my mouth be pleasing

It is so easy to let things slip from our mouths. Sometimes words come out in a way in which we did not mean. That’s true whether we are writing or speaking.

This week I was reading a post on FB and read a reply written when just for a moment I felt a tinge, a little disappointment, a little heartbreak. Though I don’t know the person posting except through FB, I thought that he didn’t really mean for his comment to come across as it did.

The song we sing, “Angry Words, Oh let them never from the tongue unbridled slip. May the heart’s best impulse ever check them ere they soil the lip,” reminds us to watch what we say and especially in anger.

The Bible cautions us to not let the sun go down on our anger (Eph. 4:28). Have you ever had someone angry with you and they carried that anger for days? Anger hurts the one who is angry probably more than the one to whom they are angry. 

Again the Bible says, “Be angry and sin not” (Eph. 4:26). Wonder how many of us can claim that scripture when we get angry? 

The prayer above, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my God and my Redeemer,” should be a prayer that we pray regularly. 

I often say that we should accept people where they are and work with them from that point. It’s easy to be critical of someone and turn them off in our minds. If we look deeper and see where they are and accept them from that standpoint our chances of making a difference in their life is much greater. Some people don’t know the love of God and we must find a way to share Him with them by word, deed, or pen. Someone has said, “Never write anything you wouldn’t want the other person’s mother to read.” Better than that we might add “that we don’t want our Lord to read.” He sees and knows all things.