Taming the Tongue

“The fruit of your life is in the words that you speak”

Think past in the last hour, day or even the week. What words have you spoke? If you were able to pack up every single word that came out of your mouth into a briefcase, stood before God, handed Him the briefcase and for Him to open that briefcase and judge the words that were spoken . They not only came out of your mouth, but from your heart. The “heart” is the seat of emotion. The very heartbeat in which Christ lives in or is absent from. I hear this a lot of times from a lot of people, curse words are okay to say. Ephesians 4:29 ” Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

“The words in which we speak come from the heart”

The Heart – Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:4

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
(Matthew 22:37 ESV)

The first commandment that God gives, is to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind. In order to do that, we must accept Him as Lord over our life, and hold nothing back from Him. Let’s look at the meaning of “Lord”. “One I should obey and has power over me. Receiving Jesus as Lord means that my constant overriding goal should be to be to obey him”. Nothing else should
matter. Let’s realize it, when you receive Him, you will know He is all that you need! Everything changes when you receive Him. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Your not the same person anymore. Your old life of drunkenness, idolatry, worldly-minded being, is replaced with the spirit of Christ, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” -Rom 8:7. And having the spirit of Christ living inside your “heart” changes your mindset.
“I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.”
(Hebrews 8:10 ESV)

~It all starts from the heart~

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
(Matthew 12:34 ESV)

“My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.” Psalm 39:3

Colossians 3:5-8
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

“Our tongue is a rudder”

“You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue” psalm 54:2

There is value in words, power behind words can either build up or destroy a relationship of one another.

When a friend describes a beautiful sunset, a picture is created in your mind. The words enable you to make meaning. When a parent reacts to a child’s artwork, meaning is created between child and parent, which can affect the child’s self-concept for a lifetime.

Likewise, when a lie is spoken, a false reality is constructed that, once discovered, can rupture relationships. For example, when Bill Clinton’s inner circle believed his lie that he hadn’t had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, their minds accepted an “unreal reality.” Their eventual discovery of the truth and resulting feelings of betrayal were probably more dramatic than those who hadn’t believed Clinton in the first place. This power to affect one another is serious business. Our spoken words shape the reality of those with whom we interact.” — Lori Carrell, The Great American Sermon Survey (Mainstay Church Resources, 1999)

“Our spoken words shape the reality of those with whom we interact”

“My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” – Psalm 119:172

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Psalm 19:4

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