Be careful little eyes what you see. It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings. Be careful little feet where you go, for it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow. Be careful little ears what you hear when flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near. Be careful little lips what you say for empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray- Slow Fade, Casting crowns.
Several weeks ago as I was going through my texts I came across a meme that cracked me up but left me with a string of questions about the jokes that I laugh at and the words that spring out of my mouth. I had never really put much thought into the daily memes and jokes I receive. The boundary only came as far as a joke which is vulgar or one that is sexist. As I continued to think about it, the question beating at my heart was, Joss (insert your name), if Jesus was right beside you would He laugh along to the jokes you laugh at? To the memes? Or would it break His heart? Would His thoughts be along the lines of, “That does not align with my word.” Or “That does not propagate the essence of who I am.” The thought process stretched to the words of my mouth. Does the boundary only stop at vulgar or abusive language?
The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. (NKJV)
Let your speech always be with grace seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (NKJV)
Bible the Message
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for Himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, and profane talk.
Language and communication are truly God’s invention. He created language and with it a manner of speaking. It is not in vain that the first use of speech (documented in the Bible) by God was to create life out of nothingness. He intended that our speech be full of life and what this means among others is;
1. FEEDING OTHERS
The lips of the righteous feed many but fools die for lack of sense (NKJV)
Is your tongue a means of mass destruction or does it build up others? What is it you talk about with friends on a daily basis? How your friend’s friend has a friend who got pregnant and the boyfriend left her? Do we day in and day out talk about others and fill our minds with beliefs and attitudes that do not align with the word of God? Is there too much starving, wounding and attacking in our words? Shall we intentionally think about the words we speak. That they may be used of the Lord to feed others. That as we interact with people, believers and non-believers alike our conversations shall not lack salt. That the people we speak with shall bear witness that truly we fed their souls with hope, love and encouragement.
2. HEALING SELF AND OTHERS
There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. (NKJV)
A lot of times when we are faced with hard circumstances or something hurting or difficult happens in our lives, the reaction we assume is that of complaint. Other times we share with other people what we are going through. We generally talk about it. What we have to say about our situations? Do we only speak about the hurt and anguish it causes us or do we speak life into our situations? Shall we intentionally speak the word of God into our broken families, financial situations, academic struggles and hurting relationships. If our situations are experiencing a form of death let us not use our tongues to propagate more death in our careers, churches, families, marriages and governments.
When people come to us with broken hearts and failing hopes. Speak life above everything else. Propagate healing above all else. The world is full of words of death. Let us not join in that restless evil.
The mouth is a fountain of life because it feeds, heals and delivers. Do we consistently talk about other people’s misgivings or continually remind people of their weakness? Are we rash with our words or lash out harsh words when offended? As the salt of the Earth, does your mouth usually feed people with truth and substance? Does your mouth usually heal with words of grace, love and kindness? Do the words from your mouth deliver grace? Would that joke hurt another person when they saw it? (Especially those on image and appearance) Would God laugh along to them or would his reaction be,” I created her. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. Who are you to make a mockery of my creation?”
A HEART AFFAIR
A good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth good; 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. (NKJV)
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. (NKJV)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. (NKJV)
It all comes down to our hearts. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A critical heart produces a critical tongue. A bitter heart produces an acerbic tongue and a self-righteous heart produces a judgmental tongue. What do our hearts feed on? For a loving heart produces a gracious tongue. A peaceful heart produces a reconciling heart and a trusting heart comes with an encouraging heart. So let us feed our hearts with Romans 12 and Matthew 5. Let us fill our hearts with grace by soaking in 1st Corinthians 13 and Philippians 2.
The cure is not in restraining laughter at a joke in the name of not offending God. It’s an inside-out affair. It begins with the heart. My prayer is the words in Psalms 19: 14 and 141:3 together with, Lord break my heart for what breaks yours. Let us not find pleasure in the small, unnoticeable passing of daily life that do not bring you glory. Arrest our hearts from their reckless paths. Psalms 19:14 ends with my strength and my redeemer. As we seek after Jesus to align our hearts to His He gives us the strength to stand and if we stumble and fall He will surely redeem us.
And now, brethren, I command you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.(NKJV)
If we seek our hope and joy in other things our mouths bear witness to this. Return with me to the Supreme and Ultimate and speak life.
Break my heart for what breaks yours. Everything I am for your kingdom’s cause, as I walk from earth into eternity-Hosanna, Hillsong United