Monday, June 21, 2010

A Disciple Of Jesus Should Sound Like One

Wagging the tongue is dangerous work.

Matthew 12:34-35  You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.  35  A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.

Ephesians 4:29  Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Proverbs 4:23-24  Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.  24  Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.

The tongue is such a powerful body part with great potential to do good or to cause great harm. The choice is ours, we can make a habit of blessing or we can pass out curses, but how do you determine what is going to come out?

It is difficult to hide the words that come to mind and filter them continuously, sooner or later those ugly words pop out, after all the heart is what is really subconsciously controlling the tongue. We have to guard our hearts in order to keep a guard on our tongue, Jesus told the Pharisees that they didn't have much of a chance to say the right thing because of their heart condition.

Jesus disciple should be giving words of instruction not words of destruction, the culture that we live in is full of destructive speaking habits, our words need to be attractive to the culture. The words that we speak are not neutral, if our words are not attractive to the culture and cause them to come closer to the Lord then they are probably causing them to turn from the Lord.

James 3:10  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

What a tattle tale the tongue is, letting everybody know what is inside of my heart,  I need to be sure that I make my tongue a source of blessing and truth so that others will be drawn to the faith instead of being scared away.

I pray Lord that people will be drawn closer to you and to belief of the gospel by the words that I speak. Forgive me for those times when my mouth doesn't sound like it belongs to you.