Following on from the last post, which was focused on what we put into our mouths, this post is directed towards what comes out of our mouths.  I discussed in the last post that Jesus said that it is not what goes into our mouth that corrupts but what comes out.

There are a number of Proverbs that encourage us to watch what we speak.  Here are a few examples:

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lip is wise.” -Proverbs 10:19

“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” -Proverbs 12:18

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lops shall have destruction.” -Proverbs 13:3

The Bible also teaches us another principle about the mouth.  That out of the abundance of our heart, the mouth speaks!  The mouth is the value that releases the pressure of what is going on inside of our hearts.  My wife recently read something by Joel Osteen that basically stated:  It is easy to say what we feel but the consequences in our life our difficult, while it is difficult to hold back when we want to say something negative to someone or in anger to something they have done but the consequences of holding back are that our lives are more easy.

We live in a society where is it easy to post on social media or say something in general without any thought towards:  “Is this the most loving thing.”  We can be so concerned about being heard and getting our opinion out there that we take no consideration of others.  It has now gotten to the point that at times if I have an opinion that is different then someone else’s, they automatically assume I am passing judgment or condemning them.  Most of the time, I have no such thought.  I am just sharing what I think or what I am doing for the sake of conversation.  It is just the way the world has gone…and people feel regularly attacked by words.

Over this past season of our lives, God has been showing us that we all too often use our words with a negative slant.  I am not dismissing being real about where we are at, but we can do so in ways that can end on a positive note.  Take David and the many Psalms that start negative or struggling, but move into praise, gratitude, and thankfulness.  I want more of that in my life…and it means closing my mouth more when I want to say negative, and to chose to speak out not just positive, but the truth of who God is…because He is always positive.  Think about that!  There is nothing negative that can be part of the nature of God.  It is not possible for Him!  That thought can be a real game changer.  So if we are Christians, God is in us, and while we may struggle, we should not make excuses for allowing ourselves to be negative.  God is not negative!

Christa Black, in her book “Heart Made Whole” says:  “When every part of your heart is connected and working together with Jesus, wholehearted living is the result.”  Our spirits are made alive by Jesus, but it takes work for our hearts (mind, will, emotions) to be transformed by His love and grace.

Are you allowing that love to saturate your life?  Listen to your mouth.  It will give you an indicator of where you are at.  Then…spend more time in His presence letting Him love on you!