4. Watch What You Say
“May these words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 NIV)
Proverbs 18:21 tells us the tongue has the power of life and death. Words are powerful, especially when spoken out loud.
It’s not enough to watch what we watch; we also have to watch what we say. Looking away and keeping our mouths shut is essentially refusing to participate in a culture that is obsessed with our bodies and our appearances.
Stop engaging in diet talk. Yes, it’s an easy topic of conversation for us women. Imagine sitting around the table with friends where the first part of your time together wasn’t wasted with small talk of what you “should” or “shouldn’t” be eating and, instead, you went right into deep conversation.
Stop complaining about your body. If you catch yourself complaining about your body, make sure you follow it up with saying aloud at least one thing you are grateful for and thank God for that part of your body.
Stop commenting on other people’s bodies. This applies equally to gossiping about another person’s body and complimenting another person’s body. This body talk, whether ill- or well- intended, is keeping the focus on the body and not the person.
If you’re going to give a compliment, I challenge you to find something that doesn’t include body talk. So instead of saying “I like that dress, it looks great on you,” try something like a genuine “you are radiant today.”
When we watch what we say, we can use the power of the tongue to speak life and truth over our body image instead of perpetuating the death and lies of the Enemy.
We have better things to talk about besides bodies. In whatever we choose to talk about, let’s aim for making our words pleasing to the Lord.
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