Posted by: Jo | September 30, 2016

Meaningful Words

“… to teach you that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

(Deuteronomy 8: 3)

meaningfullwords01We here in British Columbia, Canada, are enjoying a visit from the Royal family as Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are presently representing the Queen and seeing this incredible and beautiful part of the world. They are a charming young couple and both seem to have the knack of relating to the everyday person who has lined the road to catch a glimpse of them. Watching them on the television, I was constantly impressed with the way they did not just wave their hands to the adoring crowd, but stopped frequently, to chat to individuals.  How do they do that? I asked myself. Surely muttering some meaningless words would not leave the recipient impressed. I was wrong. During an interview with one such recipient of these words, I was surprised to hear that no they were not meaningless words, the Royal couple seemed to be genuinely interested in the answers and always had some background knowledge of wherever they currently were. This made me think of that wise Book of Proverbs.

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

We have all probably experienced words not aptly spoken and how hurtful they can be and how quickly they can destroy relationships. The ever wise author of Proverbs puts this into perspective; meaningfullwords02

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12: 18)

Many of us have regretted reckless words coming from our own mouths as words can escape our mouths so quickly before we can stop them and of course once uttered, have already done their damage.

So how do we go about making sure what comes out of our mouths are meaningful words?

When Jesus is tempted in the wilderness and perhaps being provoked to utter the wrong response, he uses God’s own words to come out of his mouth.

“Jesus answered, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”” (Matthew 4: 4)

I have tried, unsuccessfully, to control my outbursts with my own methods of self-control, but I have realised that I am always going to need the help of the Holy Spirit to allow those words, “aptly spoken” to come from my mouth.

meaningfullwords03The solution is to honestly want pleasant words to be part of our every day conversation whoever we may be conversing with during the day, even if it is a particularly annoying person, or someone we have a grievance with, so to achieve this we need to ask (for me every day) to have our mouths filled with God’s words and when we do, listen to his gracious answer;

“I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand…” (Isaiah 51: 16)


  1. I think you do it very aptly Jo but I need a lot of help from the Holy Spirit. Thanks again.


  2. Thank, you ,Carole!


  3. So enjoyed this. Isn’t this so apt for so many people including ourselves!

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