January 13, 2021
Job 19:1-2 (KJV) Then Job answered and said, How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
Job had just faced the wielding and wounding words of his friends. As you indeed know, words hurt. His so-called friends banded together to assault him with their opinion that was out of alignment with the teaching of God. How sad it is that many people choose to brandish others with a war of words that only serve to beat another down rather than present God’s character towards others and lift them up.
God tells us, for example, to speak the truth in love in Ephesians 4:15. God placed a high value on words, telling us that we are responsible for every word of our mouth. Yes, our thoughts, speech, and actions are subject to God, and He hears every word that we utter.
Yes, every word.
Some people go as far as to think that we will listen to every word we voiced, like a giant movie screen, when we meet with God in eternity. Now, I do not know if such accounting will happen, but it gives us some thought about the magnitude of being careful with every word we choose to speak as we sojourn in this world. We must consider that God does hear everything we say, and perhaps, yes, our every word will play before us as we come before God in eternity.
Sadly, many people have loose lips and diarrhea of the mouth when speaking to others in the course of living in this world. Each of us can think of times when we uttered something brutal that we should not have. We must always consider that God knows our hearts and hears our every word, and we must seek to glorify and honor Him in every aspect, including our mouth.
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