What is the motive behind what you are about to say?
Are you encouraging or criticizing?
Building up or tearing down?
Speaking the truth in love (God’s truth, not our perception of truth) or speaking judgment and/or sarcasm and harshness?
The Bible says that out of the abundance of our heart the mouth speaks. What are you harboring in your heart?
Are you speaking through the flesh? (The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like… - Galations 5:19-21 NIV)
Or, are you filtering your speech through the fruits of the spirit? (But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. - Galations 5:22, 23 NIV)
Let there be light! God’s word shed light on the face of creation. His word brought order and beauty out of chaos. Light exposes the things that God has already given us, as well as the darkness that works around us. Are we speaking light and life into ourselves and those around us?
Your homework: Search your own heart, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to reveal what lies behind your words.
Lord God, search the deeper things in our lives and illuminate those dark places that lurk in the crevices of our mind and hearts. We invite you to expose those things in us that are not from you and do not line up with Your word and perfect will for our lives. Create in us a clean heart that our words may spring up from the well of purity and wholeness. We thank you that you are a merciful God – full of grace. All for Your glory! In Jesus’ precious name – Amen!
Be blessed and be a blessing!
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