Did I just say that? 10 reasons to watch your mouth

Did I just say that? 10 reasons to watch your mouth

By Kyle Patterson

We all know in theory how important our words are. We know that since God spoke and world’s were created, the words we speak, as image bearers, have great impact. The Bible goes so far as to say life and death are in the power of our words. Yet, it’s so easy to slip up and say things we don’t mean, or in the heat of the moment, we let our guard down and say things we shouldn’t. What then shall we do? Like Paul who wrote in Romans 7, the good I want to do that I don’t do, the evil I don’t want to do, that I do, we need to continually exercise the power of the cross in mortifying (death to) the flesh and vivifying (give life)the reality of the Spirit in our life to overcome. This is of course a work of grace through the process of sanctification in our life. So as you meditate on these truths, allow God’s grace to empower you to live this out in the Spirit:

Proverbs 18:21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

When we realize the power of our words, we realize we are image bearers of God who spoke the world into existence. Our words have incredible power. Jesus taught us to speak to the mountain and remove it. What you say has power and with power comes responsibility.

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.

Our words are to help and give grace to those we come in contact with. You influence people for Christ through you speech. What comes out of our mouths matter.

Proverbs 12:18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Life or death. Your choice. But everyone around you will appreciate your choice of life.

Matthew 15:18 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Our words reflect what’s already in our hearts. Need to clean your mouth, start with your heart through repentance. “Create in me a clean heart oh God,” said the psalmist.

Matthew 12:36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,

Jesus is serious about what we say and we will give account for our words on the day of judgement and receive reward or loss based on how we’ve spoken about our brothers and sisters.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

You can stop or start quarrels by what you say, we need wisdom to know when to speak and when to be silent. Lord help us.

James 3:1-12 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …

If we consider ourselves believers and don’t keep a tight reign on our tongues, it’s worthless, James wrote. Let’s put out fires, not start them.

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus raised the bar so far to say that are words will either condemn or justify us.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Salt stirs thirst and heals wounds.  

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

I want to encourage you today that God's mercies are new every morning and his faithfulness is great, so don't be discouraged if you've blown it with your mouth. We all have, but by the grace of God we can and will overcome and choose life and blessing with our mouths, for then we can rightly reflect God's glory and character to a world without hope, without love and far from God. 

May our prayer be like that of the psalmist who penned, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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