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Friday, 10 September 2010

A Christian's speech reveals more of his inward character than any other action. In fact, it often betrays our true, inward man:
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things." (Matthew 12:33-35)
One may try to conceal his thoughts, but eventually, his words will show his heart, because our words proceed from our hearts. It is for this very reason that we have so much trouble trying to control our tongues :
For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. ...But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. (James 3:2-12)
Even though we may try to be mature, we often slip and speak in ways, which we know to be wrong. "Why does our tongue slip?", you may ask. Since we speak from our heart, only a perfect heart can speak perfectly, which is what the verse from James explained above. Only a person who has complete control over the thoughts of his heart can ever expect to achieve mastery over his tongue. However, does that mean we should give up on this seemingly hopeless task? Certainly not (Philippians 4:13). If Christians' hearts are truly being transformed into something not of this earth, then our speech will reflect that growth and metamorphosis (Romans 12:1-2). Furthermore, if we have been truly baptized, then we have put to death the old man and his wicked ways, which necessitates that we have truly repented. Therefore, we may stumble, but we must continue to try to do better (Romans 6:1-6I John 2:1-6). Consequently, our speech should manifest a person growing to have his mind entirely focused on the world to come.

credits to: www.insearchoftruth.org
to certain individuals who need this as a reminder that you cannot give God your best worship if you are worshiping Him with the same mouth that you use to curse.


Lots of ♥, Cheryl

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