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“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”  (Proverbs 25:11)

Ah-h-h!  Reading this, I’m reminded of a cool water fountain on a hot, sunny day.  It’s fit that I indulge myself to such creature comforts when I’m hot.  The First Lady of our ministry did a writing on this (on our website under Our First Lady tab, (http://www.byhisgrace-butler.com/our-first-lady/) entitled Proverbs 25 in the Archives section) and I wanted to follow up on it because it’s such an important piece.  She said:  “The words that come out of our mouths and the way we say them are very important.  Tone of voice is everything.  You may not even realize how things sound when you speak them, but if you watch people’s reactions … you might be surprised.”

The old children’s song was, “Be careful little mouth what you say / Be careful little mouth what you say / For the Lord is up above and He’s looking down on you / So be careful little mouth what you say.”  How true that is!  So many have been misled, not so much by what someone did but by what they said, or the tone of voice in which they said it.  What we need today are fit words – words spoken out of a heart and attitude of love.  I by no means can touch the article written by First Lady Nancy Rushing, but what I can add is that if you today will seek the Lord and ask Him for sensitivity, He’ll give it to you.  A lot of times it doesn’t matter what you say but how you say it.

Beloved, if you want to soar with the eagles, you first have to stop walking with the chickens.  Today, realize who you are in Him!  You’re a royal people, a special treasure to the Lord Himself, part of a chosen generation.  And your primary goal is to lead others to Jesus.  Weigh your words with care today.  Pray before you speak.  Allow the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart to be directed by God and pleasing in His sight on today.  You’ll bless others, and yourself, if you do!  And you’ll make the heart of God glad and proud!

Today, join me in the challenge to speak fit words – words that comfort, edify and encourage.  “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”  (Psalm 19:14)

Lord Jesus, thank You for the word You gave to our First Lady.  Help us to govern ourselves accordingly by being careful what we speak.  We want to please You in all things.  In Jesus’ Name we ask.  Amen.