"Today is a Good Day to Watch What You Say" - Saturday, April 21, 2018 - submitted by Dianne Prince
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Psalm 34:12-13
People tend to disagree on what is a “good day.” For many, a good day is when everything is going well, the home in order, the family is in tact, the car is running, they have a little money in their pocket, and their day is free from trouble. But for those of us who loves the Lord, a good day involves more than material things, more than personal pleasure, and more than the possession of creature comforts. A good day for those who love God is more than having a roof over your head, food in the cupboard, clothes in the closet, and transportation to get to and from your destination. A good day is much more than having the use of your limbs, clothed and in your right mind, and being able to care for yourself.
When you know Jesus, a good day does not depend on how you feel, what someone else does, nor does it depend on what someone else says. When you know Jesus, every day is a good day, because Jesus is in the midst of it, orchestrating every event, navigating you through every obstacle, surrounding you with an invisible shield of protection, prodding you to go this way, nudging you to stand still, giving you a jolt of energy here, and restraining you there. For us as Christians, a good day includes sunshine and it also includes rain. A good day for us includes conflict and it includes pain. A good day for us includes controversy and debate, but it also includes love, understanding, and harmony.
David tells us in Psalm 34:12, “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” In other words, in order for all your days to be good, you must conduct yourself as a child of God. Carry yourself as if you belong to the Master. Specifically, the Psalmist tells you to watch what you say. Why? Words are the root of conflict, disputes, falling-out, and discord. Conflict does not set the stage for a pleasant day.
Your words ought to always please God, edify those around you, and be spoken with the intent to build others up and not tear them down. Carefully chosen words foster peace. If you want to have a peaceful day, you can not be argumentative and contentious. You can not react negatively to the unkind words or deeds of others. And, you must realize that silence is sometimes the wisest action.
Words are not to be used to criticize, to complain, or to deceive. Words are not intended to be used for sarcasm, quarrel, or slander. Words are to be used to express gratefulness, to encourage, to support, to promote peace and to speak the truth in love. Matthew 12:36 says, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Make your words matter. Choose your words carefully and use them sparingly.
Want to have a good day? Watch what you say.