Worthy Words
By Sharon Sloan – She Speaks Graduate

“…if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be My spokesperson.” Jeremiah 15:19 (NIV)

Worthy words. Wow. In this passage of scripture, God was urging Jeremiah to repent so that God could restore him and thus he could serve God again. This particular verse of God’s spoken word to Jeremiah really penetrated my heart as I read it recently. Worthy, valuable, precious words. Words that honor Him and words that are encouraging, founded in His truth and love. He gives words their worth.

Our God allows us to be His spokesperson. How humbling. In His wisdom, He requires that, in order to be His spokesperson, our words must be worthy, not worthless. The King James Version says “precious” words. What an excellent, ageless standard He sets for us to maintain as His children in order that we could be His spokesperson. A spokesperson is someone who represents you and your character well. As this verse resonates in my heart, I ask myself, “Are my words worthy and precious? Am I representing God well and with excellence? Am I allowing Him to mold me so I reflect His character? Am I keeping the bar raised to His standard such that I may be His spokesperson?”

In our home, our rule has been that our words should be based in truth, spoken in love, necessary and kind. Add to this that they must be worthy and precious. How often do I utter words that are worthless and hold no value for anyone? Oh, how I think of the words I have wasted. If my words hold value and worth, they will reflect His character and minister His truth and grace to those around me. If I keep His standards and utter only worthy and precious words, He allows me to represent Him and be His spokesperson. What an awesome privilege and responsibility.

As you go through each day, allow your words, whether they be written, spoken or thought, to go through His filter of requiring worthy, precious words. If those around you have lowered the bar, raise it again to His standard. Humbly meet the challenge to utter only worthy words that represent Him well. You may be His spokesperson.

Faithful Father, by Your grace and in Your faithfulness, allow my words to be worthy and precious. May they be worthy such that I may be Your spokesperson and represent you with excellence. Thank You for Your standards and for Your promises. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
The 7 Hardest Things God Asks a Women to Do by Kathy Reimer and Lisa Whittle

The Power of a Woman’s Words by Sharon Jaynes

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues

For more encouragement visit Sharon’s blog Joy In The Truth

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Application Steps:
Memorize Jeremiah 15:19 and use it as a standard for your words, whether written, spoken or thought.

Devote time each morning to seeking His face, soaking in His perfect written Word, and filling your heart with His love and desires for you.

Allow the Holy Spirit to control your heart and mind and, therefore, your speech.

Are my words worthy and precious?

Am I living to His standard such that I qualify to be His spokesperson?

Power Verses:
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…” Proverbs 10:11 (NIV)

“The lips of the righteous nourish many…” Proverbs 10:21

“Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt…” Col. 4:6 (NIV)

“…the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…” Romans 8:6

© 2008 by Sharon Sloan. All rights reserved.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so convicted!! Just yesterday, my friends and I met for lunch, where I could not wait to tell them what "so-n-so" did!
I haven't been to this sight in a week or two...isn't it funny how God led me hear today?? He is so awesome!
Today is a new day with new mercies...thank God. With the Holy Spirit as my guide, I refuse to use someone else's mistake/personality as my entertainment.
Thanks Sharon!

Blogger Sharon Sloan said...

Dear Anonymous:

God is so gentle and faithful to give us our portion...just what we need. "Open wide your mouth and I will fill it...with honey from the rock I would satisfy you." Psalm 81:10, 16

His Word is a double-edged sword. It brings us His life and truth.

We ALL need this reminder about what we speak. You are not alone!

I invite you to visit my blog today where I talk more about "Words of Worth" - spoken, written, unspoken and lived out.


Thanks for sharing how God met you personally today.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We really need to be carefull with what we say, thank you for remind me that I may be his spoken person today.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Power of a Woman's Words was a life changing book for me. I read it twice and did the Bible Study to it as well. It encouraged me to choose my words carefully and prayerfully. Once words are out there, they take on a life of their own...they have the power to kill or to give life. I want my words to reflect Jesus. Thank you for the powerful devotional on this day.
How I respond to another's words is also part of this change in me.
Lord, be with me this day and every day. Let your light shine in me and reflect your love to all I see in my attitude, my living and my words. Amen

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I praise God for this devo. It is so easy to speak words that do not glorify our God. I used this devo as a prayer guide for myself and each of the members of my family. Thank you for writing it so eloquently. God is going to use it greatly.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this topic. It really raises the bar for me. I really have no set standard for my words but guidelines that fail me daily. I have not been taken my words as an asset to God's work as seriously as I should. A little frustration, tired, a little incident - I am venting and most of my guidelines just disappear for the sake of instant gratification. I really am convicted to hound in on this area of words and focus on bringing godly value to them -- even if that means being silent sometimes.

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