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The Quality of our Language Reveals the Condition of our Hearts

It is easy to discover the condition of someone’s heart; just listen to his speech. Jesus said:”Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6;45) Peace and joy can be the result of our words if we allow our Lord Jesus Christ to change us from the inside out. Jesus said: “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our constant prayer should be: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3) If we dwell in the Word of God, we can overcome the condition of a troubled heart.Through setting our hearts and minds on treasure not of this world, but on the Lord’s eternal kingdom, wecan tame our tongues and lead other to Christ’s cleansing love.

As you continue your time with the Lord, praise Him that He can cleanse your heart and purify your speech; “Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day… I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord God; I will make mention of Your righteousness of Yours only” (Psalm 71:8, 14-16).

Now pray this confession to tho Lord to keep your lifef free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “I love the LORD because He has heart, my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live” (Psalm 116:1-2).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind/ Thank the Lord that He comforts you and forgives you: “I, even I, am He who comforts you… I have covered you with the shadow of My hand (Isaiah 51:12, 16).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, remember:

  • Those who have been hurt by your words,
  • More patience and self-control,
  • The needs of your best friend.

Now offer this closing prayer to the Lord; “Abide in Me,and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4)

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:33-37)

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

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Our Words – Blessing or Curse?

The power of speech can be a blessing or a curse. In the Bible we see words being used for both evil and good. The Pharisees used words to try to trick Jesus into saying something that would discredit Him as the holy Son of God. In the say way, Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness with words (Matthew 4:1-11), quoting Scripture out of context and using flattery and promises in his attempt to convince Jesus to bow down and worship him.

Jesus Himself used words as God meant them to be used, to communicate truth, to convey love and forgiveness, and to glorify the Father. To those who accused Him and sought to destroy Him, He spoke in simple parables and statements that revealed their hypocrisy and God’s ultimate glory to all who listened.

But for those who humbly sought Him, His words were loving, a balm to troubled hearts, guilty consciences, and feelings of worthlessness. He comforted them, quoting the promises of God has made to those who truly repent and turn to Him.

In future posts, we’ll learn what the Scriptures teach about speech: from boasting, swearing, and gossiping to praising, encouraging, and rejoicing. We’ll examine the ways in which we can use our words to build each other up, showing love in all things, rather than using our speech as a weapon to tear down others. Ephesians 4:29 – “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.”

John Waller sings a song called “The Blessing.” Youtube him listen and think about the words. That each word that comes out of our mouth, we will either build up or tear down, give life or give death. And we will be judged by God for each of our words. Like it is said, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say it at all.

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