Watch Your Mouth
It seems these days everyone’s mouth is a loose canon. Yet, because words do matter society is ripped apart one careless word at a time. I know I’ve needed my mouth washed out with soap more than a few times. And you don’t have to be using profanity to be in the wrong.
The Bible says that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Therefore we can’t always say “I didn’t mean to say that.” Maybe what we meant was “I didn’t mean for you to hear all that.” So maybe the first step to fixing our mouth is to let God fix our hearts.
Surely you’ve noticed that the loudest most hurtful mouths are those with many unresolved issues themselves. Anytime there is much anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy and even pride it’s gonna come out in some form or fashion.
Then, there are times our mouths, hearts and brains just aren’t all on the same page. If we were be slow to speak and quick to listen as God’s word tells us to be we would rethink much of what we say. We would realize that the garbage about to flow out of our mouths is only going to end up making both parties feel covered in trash.
Listen, we all know the power of just one kind word or compliment. How good it feels to be encouraged. How good it feels to be an encourager. We also know what it feels like to be knocked down and wounded by careless words. Why? Because our mouths are very much like guns. They can be used to save a life or they can kill a life. May we think before we speak before we just shoot down another victim.
“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.” Ephesians 4:29