Honoring God With Our Words

Like a lot of other things in our society, our standard of language has declined in recent years, but we don’t have to decline with it. As we strive to be “very careful .… how [we] live” (Ephesians 5:15 NIV), we should think about how to honor God with our words.

We please the Lord with our tongue, when we show discernment. The Proverb writer tells us that “He who restrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). When we do speak, we are to filter the words that escape our lips: “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23).

It is important that we use kind and positive words — even to address tough and sensitive subjects. In Proverbs 15:1-2, we learn that “A harsh word stirs up anger,” but “the tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly” (see article).

Let us avoid words that reflect poorly on who we are as God’s children. Paul’s admonition to “let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth” (Ephesians 4:29) sets a strong standard for the right use of words.

Beloved, to honor God in our daily living, let us use words that are pleasing and acceptable to Him (Colossians 4:6; cf. Ecclesiastes 10:12; Psalm 39:1).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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