Julia was in trouble. She had said an ugly word. This was the second time she’d used the word this week, and her Mom and Dad were upset.
Her dad and Mom came into the room, where she had sat waiting to talk to them. Mom was singing a familiar tune, and Julia recognized it immediately.
“Oh be careful little mouth what you say,” her mother began, and Julia sang along. When they got to the lyric that said “For the father up above, he is looking down in love,” Julia’s dad interrupted.
“You know Julia, God really wants to love on us all, all the time. But when we choose sin, we choose to put up a wall between ourselves and God’s loving plan. You must be careful to use words that draw God closer, not pull yourself away from Him.”
Julia had never thought of her words that way before. She hugged her parents and prayed with them, asking God to forgive her and stay close.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
What are some ways we can push God away with our words? How can we use good words to help others?