Psalm 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Have you ever had a drink or something to eat that left this terrible aftertaste? The words of my mouth, unleashed without wisdom, often renders me with that same sense of displeasing taste. Yes, even after decades of following Christ, I still have those moments.
There are days when the Word of the Lord is pleasant to be used but there is no aftertaste that lingers with sweet speech. It is gone soon after spoken. Perhaps that is an encouragement to do it again. Perhaps it is because the glory is God’s and the lingering aftertaste of pleasure resides in Him.
Matthew 17:5c This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
The Words of His children are pleasing to the Father. We are His children. Our speech should be pleasing to Him. So often we think about the unpleasant speech and caution ourselves against it and fail somewhat. Do we take that same regard in pleasing our Father with fair speech?
I dare say placing ourselves in a place of opportunity has much to do with it. The Word cannot be spoken alone, it needs to fall upon the ears of those who need to hear. That cannot happen in isolation. We need to create opportunity by being in the community.
While it seems that the world practices bad speech and foul language, perhaps that is because no one has shown them a better way.
1 Corinthians 12:31b and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Let the love that dwells in you speak.