Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
First of all, I am not writing this because of anything in particular. Trust me, when I was discussing with the Lord about topics for today, I wiggled uncomfortably, hoping He was only joking about the mouth! It seems, although our Lord has a wonderful sense of humor, He most certainly was not utilizing it when directing me toward today’s devotional.
What is a truth we all seem to learn at some point about gossip? I know that I have both been victim and guilty of this issue: If someone will talk TO you about another person, they will speak ABOUT YOU TO someone else!
Well, if you haven’t hit “delete” already for this e mail after that “confession”, I thank you for hanging in with me!
There are many seemingly, deliberate “harsh” words about how we use our words in these verses. I think one of the most intimidating though, is that our entanglement and word-weaving is among a list of things God H A T E S!
How many of you as children and even now as adult children, want to please your parents? To think of the things we must do that God dislikes, but to step into that level of disobedience should keep us ever vigilant of what we say, to whom and our motives behind every word.
The other day I happened to be in a group with some special ladies and one of them, bless her heart, every time she was trying to share a prayer request, came out with ” I heard” or “so I understand”. Now she was not being malicious or a gossip at all. She was not passing along information cloaked as a request. She was genuinely asking that we pray for certain people or situations. After the third or fourth time starting out that way, she became aware of how it sounded and was a bit flustered and hesitant to continue. God gave her the grace she needed to convey her messages in the sincere way they were intended.
Not all things passed along are malicious. God knows our motives, He knows before we utter a word, what we will say, although clearly it is sometimes a surprise even to us!
I was fine putting Proverbs in here, but when I came across a verse from James and the Lord told me to include that, “Really, James?” Not that Proverbs isn’t serious in Its warnings and admonitions and convicting, but James really puts it on the line for us!
Sometimes I will say something and wonder where in the world that came from, unwilling to admit that it was conceived in my heart! How truly wicked and deceptive the heart is to try to conceal its motives! Sadly there is no better reflection of our heart than the mouth.
Okay, that is about as much stomping as my feet can take at this point. One mouth and two hears. Let those who have ears, hear the Word of God and speak His praises!
Merciful and Precious God
We bow before You
Knowing that our hearts are evil
Please reveal them to us, O God
For we know, Lord
Our wickedness is forgiven
Please put in our hearts and mouths
Praise for You and
Encouragement for others
When we stand silent, let it not be when we should
Stand in defense of another
Or in fear of ridicule for defending Your Word
Put in our mouths, God
The right words
When it is appropriate to speak
And please through Your strength,
Keep our mouths quiet when they should be
Please forgive us of gossip
Or for whatever we have said out of turn
Please convict us before we open our mouths to speak
Or when we sit quiet, hoping someone else will voice what needs to be spoken
You are Almighty God
We praise You and pray in the Name of Jesus
“We Sing Praises”
“Mirror Of Your Heart”
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Check out the number of verses here. I’m sure this is not even an exhaustive list. Does this say anything about God’s perspective on mouth-running and idle chatter? Ephesians 4:29 Proverbs 16:28 Proverbs 6:16-19 Proverbs 21:23 Proverbs 20:19 Proverbs 18:8 Psalm 34:13
Psalm 101:5 Matthew 12:36 Titus 3:2 Proverbs 26:20 Proverbs 17:4 Proverbs 11:13 James 4:11
2 Timothy 2:16 Proverbs 10:18 Leviticus 19:16 Romans 1:29 1 Timothy 5:13 Exodus 23:1 Proverbs 17:9 Psalm 64:2-4 James 3:8 Exodus 20:16 Philippians 4:8 Proverbs 19:5 1 Thessalonians 4:11 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
2 Corinthians 12:20 Proverbs 26:22 Ephesians 4:15-16 Psalm 91:1-16 Proverbs 10:19 Isaiah 1:1-31
Hebrews 11:1-40 Romans 8:1-39 Jeremiah 9:1-11 Psalm 23:1-6 1 Peter4:15 Psalm 24:1-10 John 8:4-10
Psalm 50:1923 Genesis 3:13 Psalm 1:1-6 John 10:10 Matthew 25:40 Philippians 4:1-23 John 16:10-16
Romans 8:12 John 4:16 Ezekiel 36:3 Proverbs 26:25-26