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Unfortunately, we don't have similar concerns for our spiritual health. We're more concerned with what goes into our mouths than what comes out.
But Jesus said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them [because] the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart ” Matthew 15:10-11,18*
If our hearts are feeding on Christ and His Word, our speech should reflect this in words that are careful, truthful, kind and wise.
May we feed on Truth (John 17:14-17) and pray like the Psalmist: "Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips." Psalm 141:3
*This passage does not encourage the "name it, claim it" philosophy. It's about godly speech, not procuring wealth.
The Bible has a great deal to say about our speech. Go through the verses below and note the specific commands.
Ephesians 4:29; 5:4: 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 ... Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:6: Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Proverbs 15:1-2: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
Proverbs 16:24: Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 21:23: Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Perhaps the most powerful passage about our speech is the following one which confirms the fact that our words reflect our heart:
Matthew 12: 35-37: A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
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