How many times has your mouth gotten you in trouble? How many times have you said something only to regret it the moment it left your lips? How many times have you intended to handle a situation one way and your mouth took the runway of speaking for itself. The mouth is so mighty. Our words are such powerful weapons. So many times it causes a burden when it’s meant to bless. I know of what I speak!
But Scripture is clear on the purpose of words and the potential to win the war with words even within yourself. There’s nothing too hard for God, even our mouths.
1 Corinthians 10:13 – But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. (NLT)
He’ll help you escape…EVEN your own mouth!
- Pray before you speak.
- Examine the source of your words. Are they God-motivated, self-motivated or enemy-motivated?
- Examine the intent of your words. Are they meant to build up or put down?
- Examine the weight of your words. How much impact will my words have?
- Examine how you would feel if those words were said to you. Or how you felt when they were said to you. (Remember, you can not control other’s actions, but you can control your own reaction.)
- Examine whether your words should be worded another way.
- Examine whether your words should be said another way.
- Examine whether your words should be said at another time.
- When the opportunity presents itself, run your words by a voice of wisdom who can help you decide what’s God and what’s not.
- When in doubt, wait it out. (If you are not sure the words of your mouth would be pleasing in His sight, don’t say anything. God will eventually reveal what to say or not say, when to say it and how to say it.)