Thank You for Your tender mercies which are new every day. Mercy to let go of the mistakes of yesterday – the wrong choices, the hurts, the problems, the difficulties.
And the wrong words.
Thank You for mercy …
For every misspoken word.
For every judgmental word.
For every confrontational word.
For every hostile word.
For every shame-filled word.
For every word filled with cruelty, directed by crudity, or coated with carelessness.
For every word that led to a fight, provoked tears, or stirred up animosity.
For every word that added insult to injury.
For every word that chased loved and compassion away.
For every word that ignored grace and forgot gentleness.
And when we fail …
Thank You that You are merciful to forgive us for every instance of words gone wrong … when we ask for forgiveness.
Thank You that You have the needed mercy to help us overcome a toxic tongue, a twisted tongue, a tortuous tongue, and a troublesome tongue.
Thank You that Your grace is more than able to help us “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31) that want to possess our tongue and taint our words.
Help us, loving Father, to choose our words carefully.
- Let us consider their impact upon and persuasion of the hearer.
- Let us consider the sharp edges and hard feelings of each word, especially in chaotic and stressful situations.
- Let us consider the danger we can present and the damage we can do with our words.
- Let us consider the amount of grace coaxing our words and directing our intentions.
- Let us consider the great hurt we can cause – including to our own person – with our words.
- Let us consider that a thoughtless or careless word can create a ripple of consequences and backlash.
- Let us consider how a hard and hurting heart will never begin to heal with graceless words.
Help us to overcome all these things so our words glorify Your wonderful name and speak of Your unfailing love.
Thank You that You can help us speak “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8) – words filled with positivity, hopefulness, generosity, goodness, kindness, and life.
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight …” (Psalm 19:14).
Marie Fremin. 12/16/17, 2/3/18, 2/18/18