In this season of politics, we hear an array of adds from candidates. Each candidate has their own message. The messages may be polar opposites, but there is always one common denominator...the end.
At the end of each message, we always hear, "I am ________ and I approve this message."
Like the candidates, we also have a message. Every word that comes out of our mouths, every word we print on paper, every syllable we type on facebook or compose in an email is our message.
What is our message? What are we saying?
Are we using our words for good? Are we complaining? Do we ever use words we wouldn't use in front of our pastors or kids? Are we gossiping? Are we losing our patience or arguing?
"No man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. James 3:8-10
Our mouths hold great power. Our mouths were created to praise God, not curse men.
Our mouths were created to bless and do good.
With every form of communicating we do, whether it is via email, facebook, letters (yes, some people still write letters), phone calls, or face-to-face, we need to be aware of the message we are sending.
Like the people who are representing the candidate's views in the adds, we are representing the Lord Jesus Christ with our words! Our message needs to reflect Him.
Before we click send on an email, before we post that joke or status update on facebook, before we spew words out of our mouth, we need to do a quick check with the Holy Spirit.
Would He give His stamp of approval? Would He add the ending tagline..."I approve this message"?
If the answer is no, don't send it, don't say it.
I pray every message we send would be able to end with... "I am God and I approve this message".
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." Psalms 19:14
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray you would forgive me for times I have used my words in ways that are unpleasing to You. Lord, I pray you would give me wisdom and discernment regarding my words. I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart would be acceptable in Your sight. I pray that I would use my words to bless others and praise You. I pray that Your praise would be continually on my lips. I pray that I would encourage others with my words, and edify others. I pray I would not use my mouth in anyway that is unpleasing to You, but that You would approve of all I say and do and my life would glorify You. In Jesus Name, Amen.