What Comes out
of Your Mouth?
things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a
man." (Matthew 15:18)
The Bible stresses that what you say is an accurate indicator of what is
in your heart. If your words bless and encourage others, they give evidence of
a compassionate heart. If you often share the good news about Christ, you
demonstrate a heart that is grateful for your own salvation. When others are in
a crisis, do they know they will find peace and comfort in your words? Do you
frequently and spontaneously offer prayers for others? Do your words and the
manner in which you say them reveal a patient heart? All of these behaviors
indicate a heart that is like the heart of the Father.
Or do you often regret your words? Are there people even now who are
hurt or angry because of something you have said? Do you enjoy gossip? Do you
tend to criticize others? Do you feel that you are not responsible for what
comes out of your mouth when you are angry? Does your mouth spew grumbling and
complaints? These behaviors come from a heart that is unlike God's heart.
You may say, "Oh, but that's just the way I am! I'm always saying the
wrong thing!" Yet Scripture clearly states that an abusive tongue is not under
the control of the Spirit (James 3:3–l0). A sanctified mouth is a wonderful
instrument for the Lord. A heart like the Father's heart will produce only pure
and loving words. Without making any excuses for your words, ask the Holy
Spirit to forgive you for any words that have brought harm. Then ask Him to
discipline your mouth so that every word you speak is used by God to encourage
and edify others.