Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lukewarm Test Series {#4} - What comes out of your mouth?



Jesus does not like a lukewarm Christian. {Read about it in Revelation 3:14-22}  We must be on guard and be consistent with our love for Him.  I write these tests so that we {you and ME} can check the temperature of our hearts.  I hope that you are feeling blessed by these tests and are growing in your relationship with Jesus.  I know I am...He is showing me areas where my heart needs some fire building!

Our mouths are the windows into our hearts.  You can tell a great deal about a person by the words they speak.  Listen to someone long enough, and you will understand what their hearts are really full of.

Are they full of...
love or trash?  
selfishness or selflessness? 
Jesus or the world?

What are our hearts full of?  What do people see when we open our mouths and speak?

Matthew 12:34 states "For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart".

As you go about your day, really listen to the words you speak.  Do your words show love and compassion?  Are you tender when you speak or do you sting people with your words?

Our words should be full of kindness regardless of whom we are speaking with.  We should be just as tender with our loved ones as we are with strangers.  As we walk away from people, are they left feeling Jesus or feeling tension?

Ephesians 4:29 - No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need.
Ellicott's Commentary states that the word foul can be interchanged with the word rotten.  This commentary warns that rotten talk {ungracious, tearing down, dishonesty, cursing, etc.} spreads rottenness to those around you.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to spread rottenness to people.  The word alone sounds gross!  It reminds me of something that stinks so badly that I have to cover my nose.  It is repulsive and disgusting.

Let's be purposeful with our words.  May they build up, encourage, and spread Jesus' love.  Jesus loves a heart on fire for Him! 

xoxo


5 comments:

  1. Our pastor taught this week out of the book of James about our tongue...and he brought out the fact that what is in our hearts is what will come out of our mouth. And here I see you sharing the same...I believe it is in Proverbs that it speaks of the fact that life and death are in the power of the tongue. That shows just how powerful our words are. I want my words to be seasoned with grace...to build up and not tear down. Sometimes self is my greatest enemy, but I am asking God to set a watch upon my tongue because it reveals what I am really thinking in my heart. I liked what you said about listening to a person's words long enough and you know what is really going on with them...shows me you are a good listener! :) Hugs to you, Marci.

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  2. The tongue is So Powerful, for good and bad. I loved this.

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  3. I definitely need to work on being more purposeful with my words and not letting my anger, frustration, and general disappointment with the world get the better of the joy that I know in Jesus. Thank you for reminding me..stepping on my toes again! ;-)

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