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.Jesus broke the chains that tied mankind to deceit. He can and will give you a new heart. Click To Tweet
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.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.