Monday, May 15, 2006

Watch Your Tongue

As the kids and I read through Proverbs 15 today one thing really stood out to us – this Proverbs deals a lot with words, how we talk, and what we say. It made me think of

Matthew 15:18 “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”

So, this morning we talked about this subject. We talked about how if a person claims to be a follower of Christ they need to make sure that they do not speak in an evil, unkind, or ungodly manner.

The way we speak is one way many people know what kind of person we are. If we speak evil, people think evil of us and that doesn't make us a very bright light for the Lord. If we speak like the world, we are a part of the world, but if we speak as Jesus, spoke and do as He did, then we are not of this world, but of God!

What comes out of our mouths comes from the treasures of our heart. If we speak evil, our heart also has that evil within it. If it comes out of your mouth, it is coming from somewhere and that somewhere is the heart!

You can often tell how close someone is to God, by what comes out of their mouth. A person really close to God will really hate to speak any evil. Why? Because that person will feel like he has let down the Lord. Also, the closer you are to God, the purer your heart is.

The power of the tongue holds life and death. With our tongue we confess that Jesus is Lord and we are saved! Also with our tongue we can deny Jesus and be a horrible testimony to those who hear us.

The lesson for today…watch what you say! Keep a clean heart and mind. Your words reflect your heart!

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