When I was a child playing with others on the playground, yes, sometimes names would be called at me and my response to them would be, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” This is so very untrue. The unkind words that others say to us do hurt. It is not a physical hurt, but our feelings are tremendously hurt, leaving scars that cannot be seen. On Pinterest I saw this …
Before you speak:
T – Is it true?
H – Is it helpful?
I – Is it inspiring?
N – Is it necessary?
K – Is it kind?
Words that proceed from our mouth, are they words that are acceptable to God?
I have always tried to let my words be uplifting to others. Do I fail …. yes … but I will be the first to ask forgiveness for my failures. As the Psalmist says, let our words be acceptable to the Lord.
Not only our words but also what we meditate on is important. Meridian-Webster’s dictionary defines meditate as, “to spend time in quiet thought for religious purposes or relaxation.” Spend time in quiet thought with the Lord. When we spend time with the Lord, our words will reflect our Christ-likeness.
The Lord — is He your strength? Is He your redeemer?
How are your words? Are they uplifting others? But most of all, are they acceptable to the Lord?