12/02/18 - What's in Your Mouth?
“His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.” (Psalms 10:7)
The character of a person is demonstrated by what comes out of that person’s mouth. Jesus remarked, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23).
A quick listen to the common conversations around us nearly causes us to cringe. When asked about her middle school, my own granddaughter said it was full of “cussing and bullying.” The most profane language comes out of the mouths of little children. (I have to admit that I have a special luxury of working where the language is clean and generally about holy things. Even when I am in public, people often quit their cussing and even apologize when they find out I am a preacher.)
The television shows are laced with profanity. Movies often include certain words to gain a certain rating. Even the music industry is filled with lewd or crude lyrics. Often the themes of entertainment are of a polluted nature with sensuality, violence, jealousy, hatred, and lying. “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness” (Romans 3:14). What a world we live in!
All of these things are appalling to us, but we also recognize that the harsher the darkness, the brighter our lights shine. “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14,15).
The character of the child of God is demonstrated by what comes out of that person’s mouth. For the next 30 days, let’s make it a point to say nothing except what is 1) true, 2) wholesome, and 3) encouraging. We cannot control all of our circumstances, but with God’s help we can control ourselves regardless of what is happening around us. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one”