“A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”
We cannot take lightly the effects our words have not only on other people, but on ourselves also. What we say matters, for our words are determined by the state of our hearts.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Since our hearts are where our words begin, we must make the condition of our hearts a priority. Every thing we say or do depends on our hearts’ desire or intention. Words always have a purpose, whether good or evil.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Our deceitful hearts are often dirty because we are carnal and still in the flesh. A dirty heart cannot be trusted or produce good fruit for God’s glory. We must seek to keep our hearts clean by abiding within the Word of God.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
When we maintain a clean heart before the Lord, He will change our words for His glory.
“Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.”
Jeremiah 1-2 | John 10 | Proverbs 14
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