Watch Your Mouth

Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

What He was saying was that whatever is inside of us seems to find its way to our lips. Usually we are unaware of this.

Someone once said, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail.”

The things we habitually say tend to indicate what sort of tools we have available inside us for dealing with our life problems and challenges.

Start paying attention to things you repeatedly say.

They may give you a good indicator of the secrets of your heart that even you were unaware of.

And perhaps point you to the work you need to be doing — work that will grow your character and prepare you for new, higher-level challenges.

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  1. You’ve hit on something important, Ray.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson noted that “A man cannot uttoer two or three sentences, without discolosing to intelligent ears precisely where he stands in life and thought.”

    Are we listening to our own words? There may be no better way to get to know ourselves, what really “makes us tick.”

    Now, an Emerson quote doesn’t really deserve to be on the same level as the words of Christ, but I think it’s helpful.

    Another aspect is this: the words we speak are really just a symptom of our heart condition. We can’t really change our our words simply by focusing on them. We have to deal with what’s going on inside of us.

    Jesus is a heart-changer. Let’s trust Him to do His work!