Guest Blogger: Gena Lakeman – Would you like some mouthwash to go with that toothpaste?
Each week we have the pleasure of having King of Kings member Gena Lakeman write a blog to go with our weekend worship message. Interested in being a guest blogger as well? Contact Alyssa at email@example.com.
I saw a great visual the other day. A teacher had a class of students and she brought out a tube of toothpaste and a paper plate. She asked a student to open the toothpaste and squeeze out all of the toothpaste from the tube onto the plate. She then asked the student to put all of the toothpaste back into the tube. Clearly, this was an impossible task. But her point was clear. Just like trying to fit toothpaste back into a toothpaste tube is impossible, so is it impossible to retract words that come out of our mouth. Once they are out, they are out. And often, the ramifications of the things we say are long lasting and far reaching.
God is very clear in scripture about his desire for how we use our words. He tells us to be slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:19). He teaches us that the tongue is just a small part of the body, but can cause irreparable harm. The tongue is referred to as a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:1-12).
So what can we do? We need to make every conscious effort to obey God’s command to be slow to speak. Hold back your words until you are confident they will be spoken with love (Ephesians 4:15). Pray that only words that build up and edify one another are spoken from your mouth. Remember that what comes out of your mouth proceeds from your heart (Matthew 15:18). What is dominating your heart?
God wants you to speak gracious words, with soft responses to one another (Proverbs 15:1, 16:24). Remember the power of your words, both good and bad. Imagine God is standing in front of you every time you speak. Would you be more careful in what you say to people and how you say it? Just because you cannot tangibly see God, he is listening to your every word and will hold you accountable. Pray that God set a guard over your mouth and keep watch over the door of your lips so that your words will be ever pleasing to the Lord (Psalm 19:14, 141:3). Pray diligently for your biblical oral hygiene.
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