Watch Your Mouth - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Watch Your Mouth


February 12



Read Ephesians 4:29-32

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.



How have you seen words tear people down?


I’ve seen some posts on social media that said, “I love Jesus but I cuss a little.”  Apparently, you can find this slogan all over from coffee cups to T-shirts. Now, I am not trying to be legalistic. But it seems like some Christians are taking something lightly that we were advised to steer clear of. Does cussing hurt anyone? Maybe or maybe not. It depends on how it’s used. But Paul says that we should only have talk come from our mouths that “is good for building up” and “gives grace to those who hear.” I have been challenged lately to watch my mouth to ensure that my speech is constructive. If I am talking, my words should serve the purpose of building up. They should edify, encourage, and instruct. They should always be full of grace.


It’s not just cussing or filthy language that we need to be aware of, though. We need to be aware of what is in our hearts. Matthew 12:34 reminds us that the mouth speaks whatever the heart is full of. That’s why Paul says to put away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, and malice. If we are harboring these in our hearts, they are going to spill out at some point. Most likely in the form of hateful, hurtful words that are aimed at the people around us.


When kids say cruel words on the playground and bully others with their speech, it is a heart issue. When someone speaks bitterly to a friend, it is a heart issue. When a co-worker seeks to slander or smear the name of another through gossip and lies, it is a heart issue. When you scream and yell insults in anger at anyone, it is a heart issue.


Remember, Paul has been saying that we should put off our old selves. If your old self swore like a sailor, that is not consistent with your new life in Christ. If your old self gossiped and spread rumors, that is out of character with the heart of Jesus. Put all corrupt, offensive, and pointless speech far from you and focus on speaking out of the kindness, tenderness, and forgiveness that you have received from Christ.



Jesus, put a guard over my mouth. I only want to speak words that serve a purpose. I want my words to glorify and edify You. Please forgive me for speech that hurts others and doesn’t honor You. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus, please guide me and help me to speak words that build people.
Lord thank you For saving me giving me Salvation Lord you know how many times I have Head read and spoke unkind words When the kids were young Help me to show the kids The proper way
Lord I have to confess that only You could have changed my heart and in effect, changed my speech. Please help my words to always be seasoned with Your grace and spoken with humility.
Very well said and has edified my soul. Thanks
When I am in a conversation or in fellowship with the brethren, I always remind them and myself that it isn't so much how we carry on with ourselves in the church that matters but how we carry on with ourselves outside of the church that matters the most. Some Christians seem to think that it is okay to use some inappropriate words or to smoke cigarettes but if we have been cleansed then that should have gone in the garbage as well. My way of thinking anyway. Good devotional brother.
I am always inspired, uplifted, and filled with hope when reading Gods Word. I want my words to glorify and edify people. Thank God for His Words, they speak to my heart. I am still learning and watching what I say, I want my heart to grow in love for Him.
Sometimes my words are too harsh and I hurt especially those close to me. Lord please put a guard over my mouth so I will utter words that are softer and less hurtful.
Please Father in Heaven help me with my own issues with word's please give me a clean heart to be more Christ like I love you Lord in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
I need to build each other up.
Thabk you Ps Nat, God is always good. His timing is perfect. God has just spoken to me and into my situation through this message. So Blessed. Amen & Amen🙏🙏
Lord I depend solely on you for control of my tongue for no man can tame this two edge sword. As I come to your throne of grace and spend more time with you it does gets easier. Thank you for the many resources you supply to help your children get stronger and grow in wisdom and knowledge. In Jesus name. Amen.
Amen. My tongue can get me in hot water quicker than anything. I am slowly getting better at controlling my language as I pray more and let the Holy Spirit lead me in the ways of holiness. Thank you Abba Father!
Need reminding every day! So easy to slip in the rush of the day when someone slows me down.
Yes yes so true. If I think badly if my neighbor or let a word come out of my mouth that isn’t edifying I put a quarter in a cup. And pray , I used to have a lot of quarters, now not so many but I do have a lot of prayer
I think we are in good company, Senita. Thankful that God's grace is sufficient and His mercies are new each morning!
"For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,[c] these things ought not to be so" James 3:7-10. Ouch. Yes, we all struggle with this to various levels. Our words can come out as cursing, but can also come out like fire. Only God can help us!
Amen, this one is my most hardest things to to do , and yes I am a sailor , I spent my whole life growing up and hearing negative words come from my parents, and they tore me down so fast so hard , so you would think I would talk nicer but I don't it's like cursing is the only language I know. I pray for God to help me with my words constantly. Thank you Lord , it's slowly coming along I find myself more aware of cursing now then before I didn't even know I was doing it till my Pastor pointed it out. I pray that the Lord will give me the wisdom and strength to develop a Godly vocabulary.
Thank you' a good reminder to us all! God Bless
Lord I have not watched the words out of my mouth as closely as I need to. I have hurt another person. I have a heart issue. Lord I need You to help me with my heart issue. Let me be careful not to hurt anyone and ask for forgiveness when I do. I love You and want to please You. Thank You Lord. I pray this prayer in Your Son Jesus name,Amen.
I wish it did me! Lol. We all have issues and that's an important point to make.
I think most people watch the news and "groan" in various ways. I will pray that your mouth and mind will both focus on and deliver truth and goodness. I pray this for me too!
You are not alone. We all struggle with issues like these. Thankfully, God's grace is sufficient and He's at work in us today. I'm praying for growth in these areas!
I've used unclean language and I've had bad thoughts. It makes me sad. I'm in a sad state I live in a negative environment. I truly believe in the Lord I know that He can make a way even when I don't see it
The words that come from our hearts might not be the slanderous, hateful words we usually think of, but could be discouraging, disheartening words that reflect a fearful or struggling heart. That seems to be more my problem - words of doubt that do not accurately reflect the truth of God's word.
I have been struggling with using bad language from time to time. It usually comes into my speech when I start listening to the news. I try to stay away from news casts because they upset me so bad. I know God caused me to open this email today and I m so thankful to Him for directing me to this particular email. I have repented so many times but apparently I haven't been as sincere as I thought I was. Whoever is out there, please pray that I will determine in my heart and mind to stop using bad language. God help me now. Amen
This is very timely message, bc I see this problem in me, as well as others that I've known, and do know, so I'm convicted to follow the words of Paul, and be the man of God, that I should be!!
Thank God for the weekend and I thank God for giving us another beautiful devotional though pastor Nat Amen
Take the log out of your own eye before you take the spec out of someone else's! That usually stops me in my tracks.
Me too.Father,please take all bitterness,anger and whatever else is in my heart that’s not pleasing to you out and replace it with your love for Jesus name amen.
This is confirmation....after 9 years of my pastor/husband having an emotional affair with a woman who works part time for him......I unloaded on both of them (without cursing), I know God has a battle plan and I need to reflect Christ, but not be accepting of this indecency, but my heart still has to be clean as well as my hands to bring honor to God,,!
What a timely message for me. Thank you Jesus. I always hear what is needed for me to grow in service and glory to you. Thank you Pastor Nat for posting this.
I had to apologize to my wife and boys this week for my words. Amazing how easy it is to hurt those we love most.
Isn't that verse so convicting. What we speak is a reflection of our hearts. A frightening reality. Thankfully, Christ is at work in me!
I don't think I can go one day without repenting for my words (and thoughts)!
Clyde, it's too easy to fall into that trap! I pray for God's power to control your tongue. I pray that for me too!
I need that guard more than not. I work to try and not use my words as weapons, but before I know it, I'm spilling out garbage. I ask for prayers for this!
I injoy reading and the Bible is true and we are to love one another and be kind to them and do what we can for them. Lela Hunt
I have been truly blessed with this post
very inspiring word for me today,i ask for help in prayers for curving my words to other's.
Perfect devotional for me this morning. Before I got out of bed today, I asked for forgiveness for things I had said.
I love this so much and makes sense ❤️🙏🏻👍
I am convicted by this and Matthew 12:34, “...for the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart.” That said, I ask not for the Spirit to guard my mouth but rather to soften my heart. I ask for the Spirit to help me truly abandon my old self and guide me to model the life of Christ. As Paul claims that our expressions indicate what is in our hearts, what we post of all forms of social media is too an expression of our heart....
A good reminder Pastor Nate to put a guard over my mouth that I may glorify God with my words and build someone else up.
This morning's Devotional is so very interesting and eye opening. We should guard our tongue from speaking hurtful words to others. We'll said pastor Nat. God bless you.
I thank you Lord for the reminder to bridal this mouth and only let good thing come though .
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Lord, set a guard over my mouth that, in these contentious days, my words will be at all times CONstructive as Pastor Nat says, and not DEstructive, that others may be built up and edified and You, oh God, glorified. In Jesus name, I ask. 🙏
Lord yesterday I said some nasty word’s to my boyfriend, I pray that you would forgive me n guard my mouth, this is the right Bible scripture to help me guard my mouth Thankyou pastor Nat, May our Sovereign Lord richly Bless you!!!
Zip it before it gets worse. This reminder serves me that always put control of everything that spills out on my mind and in my mouth.
Good food! Thanks
Lord convict me for I'm convicted. Amen.
Amen I needed this exactly what I was going through thank you god 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
Out of the heart the mouth speaks. So true and like James says who can control it? Like our heart our mouth must be changed by our belief in Jesus. It must be guarded with the Word of God. Our mouths are a good indicator if our heart is loving Jesus and others more or loving self more. Lord my desire is to love you and others more each day. Help me, through the Holy Spirit, to be in your word and take it in to my heart everyday that my mouth will not sin against you. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
This is something that all human beings should work on improving in their daily lives. Bless us all in Jesus Christ the Savior.
I am guilty of this awful sin. Sometime when I am hurt or rejected I can say something or think something that is not pleasing to God. But I pray that I can have a guard over my mouth and reject any thought that enters my mind that is not of God🙏🏻✝️