For out of the overflow of his heart the mouth speaks. -Â Matthew 12:34, Luke 6:45
Oops!Â The minute the words were out of my mouth I regretted saying them.Â I thought, â€œI canâ€™t believe I said that!” Next thought, â€œI wish I could take that back.â€Â But once words are spoken , theyâ€™re out there. No chance of taking them back.
Words are powerful.Â In olden days, when a king spoke a decree, there was no rescinding it even if it meant terrible consequences. In Proverbs 18 we read, â€œThe tongue has the power of life and death.â€
One of the things I continue to struggle with is my speech.Â Many times I have resolved to think before I speak.Â â€œI will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin.â€ (Psalms 39)Â â€œThe tongue is a small part of the body, but …consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.â€ (James 3)
I have asked the Lord to â€œSet a guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.â€(Psalm 141)Â That was written by none other than King David.Â Bottom line, though, hereâ€™s the deal.Â My tongue only says what is already fixed in my heart.Â So the problemÂ doesnâ€™t really lie in my mouth, but in my heart.
I have â€˜decisioned and purposedâ€™ to clean-up and purify my heart. That wonâ€™t happen overnite.Â It will be an ongoing process.Â Thatâ€™s OK; weâ€™re allÂ a work inÂ progress.Â It will also require divine help.Â Like the beautiful song says, â€œChange my heart, oh God..â€
– – – written by Sally I. Kennedy