Watch That Tone Young Lady!

I don't know how many times growing up I was told to watch my tone of voice. I clearly remember saying things in anger or frustration and not really caring how I sounded.

There's a big difference between that little girl and the saved Christian woman who should have her words be important. Luke 6:45 says: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Would someone listening to me speak know if my heart was abundant with good or evil? I may dress right, fix my hair right, walk right and smile right, but one sentence from my mouth can send the wrong testimony to someone.

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, plasphemies: These are the things which defile a man; but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (Matthew 15:18-20)

Whether we like it or not, we are being judged by the words that come out of our mouths. People who believe we are Christian women can begin to doubt our testimony if our walk and our talk don't match.

Is each word, each sentence, each thought fitting of saved, believing woman? Would a stranger listening to us speak know that we are daughters of the King?

Instead of allowing anger or a disgruntled attitude come through our lips, we need to take a moment and judge whether what we are about to say is glorifying to God. If nothing else comes out of our mouths, our words should have an uplifting power.

Let no corruption proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

When we speak our words should minister to everyone within earshot of our conversation. A great definition of edifying is building up. Any words we use to someone, about someone, near someone or for someone should be for the purpose of building up, for ministering to them in any way we can.

What words have you already spoken today and what tone did you use to speak them? There may be reason to ask forgiveness for something you've said. You may just need to thank God for the privilege to speak and use your words to uplift someone who needs it.

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