“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Luke 6:45 NKJV
Defined by the words we speak
God has dealt with a lot of things in me. I entered this journey of faith with a multitude of strongholds, bad habits and ungodly desires. Little by little He has transformed me.
Dealing with my tongue has been an ongoing battle as the words of my mouth are fluid and easily swayed by situation or circumstance. In moments of calm, my words are pure and edifying. In the darkness of the flesh, such as when deeply frustrated, my words are not the least bit edifying.
As I have grown in the faith, I am increasingly aware that what comes from me is a reflection of what is in my heart. Daily frustrations are like tests to allow me to see the transformation of my heart, to see the work that God is doing in the background.
I can remember situations in the early days in Jesus. My thoughts were still very degenerate as the standards of the world were still a big part of my life. From my thoughts came my words. I had no filter.
In the midst of God’s transforming work it is hard to see the change. It is in the looking back that I see what He has done. In those moments when emotion are running hot and the pressure is building that the internal change is manifested externally.
I remember having to go to the wound clinic years ago. I had a leg ulcer that took over a year to heal. The doctor had to clean the wound with a stick with silver nitrate on its tip. Debriding was extremely painful. The pain was extreme, greater than any I had ever experienced. In the past there would have been a stream of cuss words that would make a rapper blush. To my surprise not a single word was uttered. I remember telling the nurse, who was also a believer, that I knew that I was saved because Jesus had captured my tongue.
Like any sin area, there is a ongoing give and take. I must daily seek after God to maintain His control of me. I play worship music, I pray and I seek Him in the word to fortify the souls of my heart where the Holy Spirit has taken residence.
I surround myself with people in the same battle. My brothers and sisters in Christ hold me to a high standard.
My testimony is a major incentive to mind my mouth. I am surrounded by people who do not know the Lord and desperately need a Savior. The “lost” are experts in how believer should behave and they are quick to point out when we fail.
I pray that the love and burden for those outside the household of faith hear love from me and not scorn, not cursing, not judgement. May there hear truth in love.
What we say is important to God. There are so many verses that talk about what we say. He has chosen to proclaim His message of the Gospel using earthen vessels. We believers are His ambassadors.
Lord help us to represent you with word and deed. May we see others as you do and may our words reflect that view. Help us to remember that eternity can reside on the tips of our tongues.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Psalms 19:14 NKJV