Today’s Reading: Matthew 12:22-45
What comes out of our mouths, says a lot about our character, love and allegiance to Christ, or lack thereof. Speech identifies us. So how would your speech identify you? Would it identify you as an encourager? Would it identify you as someone who is in love with Jesus and people? Or would it identify you as someone who knows the Word of God? On the other hand, would your speech identify you as a gossip or rumor-monger? Would it identify you as a liar? Would it identify you as whiner or complainer? Would it identify you as someone who seeks to cause division among the church? Because whether you like it or not, and whether you realize it or not, people hear what you say and they identify you by it.
Jesus said “for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” If your heart is filled with good, your mouth reflects that. If it’s filled with bad, your mouth reflects that. It’s pretty simple. If we’re serious about being a follower of Jesus in every area of our life, then we need to take these words seriously. Words are better indicators of a person’s true character than his or her carefully planned and prepared statements and speeches. If your speech is filled with gossip, backbiting, lying, etc, then it says that your heart is not right with God.
If you’re having trouble with this, Colossians 2:7 gives us some great advice: “Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done.”