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Looking for Integrity: How to Move Beyond Our Tongues

Jesus once said: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Mt. 12:34)

We speak up for injustice, for mercy, and for right. Morally, politically, right, or wrong, we want our words to be heard for change, and for truth to abound.

But no matter how many years you stand in the crowd, or how many signs you hold, your voice is diminished by the lies of the darkness. No matter how much you advocate, all the prayers you say, all the funds you raise, all the truthful words you pour out, you stand wearing the t-shirt feeling depleted and less because the tongues of distortion always seem to be loudest.

The mouth can heal or destroy. We will need to account for our reckless thoughts and words. When a small bit can reign in a powerful beast, or a small component can control a powerful machine, imagine what a small organ in the mouths of men could do inside a person’s being. One small word could change a life.

James 3:5-6 NIV

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

How can we get over our mouth being controlled by evil and lies? How can we heal our hearts so that it doesn’t manifest cutting remarks? How do we move beyond blessing the Lord and Father, while cursing those made in His likeness? (James 3:9)

There was once a perfect man who accomplished this. He was ridiculed and mocked for it. He is the Gospel, the good news. Jesus broke the chains that tied mankind to deceit. He can and will give you a new heart. With that heart we can cry out to Him to help us overcome our lives of tongue-twisting and impulsive talk.

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Psalm 141:3 

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

He will help us when we admit that we feel defeated. When we admit that no amount of sign-holding and t-shirt wearing accomplishes anything until we place our hearts and mouths on even ground with the Lord’s truth. We can then bridle our tongues and speak with integrity.

Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

13 thoughts on “Looking for Integrity: How to Move Beyond Our Tongues

  1. I love this timely post! I am always careful about what words come out of my mouth. You are right our words have power to bring life or death. I love seeing the mood of a person change completely when I point out a truth about them. You can see a sparkle return to their eyes and confidence!

  2. Our words have power! Trusting God to heal all brokenness in us so we may be used to bring life to others is so humbling and freeing! Thanks for this push toward that surrender in Christ.

  3. This is a wonderful reminder, indeed we will all give account of our words on the day of judgement. We have to be careful of our words.

  4. As I was reading this I was reminded that it’s not just the words from my mouth that have power but the tone and emotion behind them that have caused the greatest damage. I have often had to ask for forgiveness from my husband and children. I appreciate this reminder. Lord, help us!

  5. Good Points. One day, we will need to give an account for every word spoken – so we better choose our words carefully and wisely. Are they uplifting? are they truthful? are they necessary?

  6. This is powerful and true, our words really do speak life or death over our lives. Such a little part of our body can do so much damage.

  7. Thank you for the article. We need to watch what comes out of our mouths because life and death is in the tongue

  8. Great points. Our words have power and we would be wise to be careful with them.

  9. I appreciate the strength of tone in this article. I like things to be plain speaking and right on point, and this article certainly is. The Word of God speaks so much about the power of the tongue. We need to be very purposeful about our words and be aware of this power.

  10. It’s kind of funny. No longer being able to speak, I’ve finally learned the value of the spoken word. It’s different from writing, or signing. There are so many things I can no longer say (or choose not to), because without speech, the flavour is lost

  11. This is so true, Maryann. I haven’t said much, or written anything about this racism thing we continue to experience. That is not to say that I haven’t acknowledged it. My daughter and I are figuring out how to start a conversation but seeking first to learn how. How to speak and listen effectively, in love. It will be difficult but with God all things are possible and we must try. Your post is timely for our pursuit. Blessings. FMF #30.

  12. So true, our words are so powerful! I love 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.”

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