Psalm 19:14: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your site, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
How is your heart? The attitude of our heart usually seeps out into our thoughts which in turn makes it’s way out of our mouths. I heard a sermon from Louie Giglio a few years ago about placing a filter between your heart, mind and tongue. This concept really stuck with me. Just as an air filter traps all of the dust and unwanted particles before it makes it’s way into the air we breathe… we need to place a filter between our heart and thought process. We need to trap the bad and ugly stuff before it even gets to our thoughts… because once it is there… it will more than likely come out of our mouths.
I had a talk with my son the other day and I wanted to apologize to him for the way I had been acting towards him. He had been having a hard time listening to Jeff and I and was not obeying very well. After a few days of constatnt disciplining him, I became frustrated with him and began acting out towards him with anger and harsh words. I later realized that I should not talk to my son that way regardless of his behavior. I apologized for my words but still wanted to let him know that he needs to work on obeying. I also told him that as the big brother to his two younger siblings, that he needed to set the example. I needed his help in teaching his siblings to obey by him being the leader at obeying. We had a great conversation and I felt much better.
I really think our talk did a lot for my little guy. He woke up the next morning and asked if we could have a “breakfast date” together. While the rest of the family was still sleeping he sat out two bowls, two spoons, two cups, a box of cereal and milk. He had me join him for breakfast and even held my hand and prayed over our meal before we started to eat. What a precious memory that I will forever cherish in my heart.
Words. Spoken words mean so much. They can either build others up or tear them down. I am sure that my being frustrated with my son Jonah, day after day and showing it by my actions had an impact on his behavior. The moment I spoke love and asked for forgiveness his entire attitude changed.
Not only can our thoughts or words destroy others… they can also be our very own worst enemy. If you fill your mind with negative, depressive, and self destructive thoughts then you will ultimately begin to feel depressed and down. We must think of ourselves as the Lord thinks of us… with love.
Jesus, make my thoughts clean and pure. Place a filter between my heart- mind- and tongue. Help my heart to be pure. With a pure heart I will have pure thoughts. With pure thoughts, pure words will flow from my lips.
I only want to speak truth to myself and others. I want to uplift and encourage and not tear down with the words that I speak.
I self destruct myself and others by the words that I choose, by negative thoughts, darkness and depression. Rid me of these, O Lord so that I can be pleasing unto you. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 10:5: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Proverbs 15:4: The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Psalm 28:7: The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.