Malachi spoke of a book of remembrance, which was written before God, of those who feared him and honoured his name. What was written in the book were the conversations of those who feared God. He listens in on our discussions and he harkens (listens and gives respect) to what we say. This is why Paul encouraged us to let our speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Colossians 4:6).
We are the salt of the earth as we are the light of the world. Our conversations should reflect the salt and light that we represent and the grace of God in us. Paul warned us to have nothing to do with foolish and ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels (2 Timothy 2:23). Titus also cautioned us to avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless (Titus 3:9).
We have nothing to gain from strife and quarrelling and it is a waste of energy to engage in arguments, for the sake of being controversial. Let us use our time wisely and be selective of the conversations we engage in. What can God write in his book of remembrance when he listens to us speak? Are we seeking to build each other up and to edify and encourage each other in the word? Who are you speaking to and what is the nature of your conversations?
I know that God listens and I want him to harken and record my conversations. We need to bear in mind, the next time we speak that God is listening and keeping a record. God is interested in what we have to say and the Holy Spirit is present to speak through us. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).