A Sanctified Mouth

“If a glass is full of milk and someone bumps it the wrong way, all that should come out of you is milk!”

I will never forget those words of wisdom spoken by a young woman. The words of our mouth tell us a lot about what we treasure on the inside of us. Are we full of love, or do we have bitterness and resentment stored up in us?

Jesus said something very similar to that comment by a young believer in Christ. He said:

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35 NKJV)

Jesus also said:

“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 NKJV)

If we fill our hearts with love, joy and thanksgiving, then the only thing that will spill out of us when someone knocks us the wrong way is love, joy and thankfulness. Too often the opposite is true. We need a sanctified mouth!

For many believers, trying to keep from using foul language when angry, or from saying mean and spiteful things when hurt can be a challenge. The Apostle James recognized this dilemma, when he wrote:

“But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude (likeness) of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:8-10 NKJV, words in parentheses mine.) 

No matter how hard we try to control what comes out of our mouths, we seem to constantly fail. What is the solution to this struggle?

There is no point in trying to control our tongues. Our tongues are not the issue. The issue is what we treasure in our hearts. Our mouths are only the spout that lets the overflow out. Whatever you bottle up in your heart will eventually spill out, when circumstances hit you the wrong way.

Have you ever been in that situation? Have you said things you wish you had never said? It is time to fill your heart with good things, so that all that comes out of your mouth is something good.

A minister from a very conservative church went to a tent meeting in his town. He had heard about the hundreds of people who were flocking to these services, and he wanted to know what was the big attraction. When he entered the tent, the first thing he noticed was that everyone seemed to be full of love and joy. Distracted by all the activity going on in the service, he was horrified when he accidentally stomped on the foot of a man seated near the aisle. He was about to apologize profusely, when the man looked up at him, and said, “Praise the Lord!”

At first he was taken back by the response, but said, “Somehow I knew you were going to say that!” He was so amazed at the love and joy he saw in these people. It wasn’t long before he became one of them. Although he had been a minister for many years, he had never accepted Christ into his heart. He was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit in one of those services.

The reason the man in the tent meeting didn’t get angry when the minister stepped on his foot, was because he was full of love and joy. He just blurted out what was already in his heart. Remember the words of Jesus: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks!”

The Apostle Paul also addressed this issue of having a sanctified mouth. He wrote:

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV)

The Greek can be translated here as: “Let no rotten word proceed out of your mouth!” What we store in our hearts, eventually comes out of our mouths. If we have a sanctified heart, then we will have a sanctified mouth.

The Psalmist wrote:

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14 NKJV) 

It is what we meditate on in our hearts that determines what comes out of our mouths. No matter how hard we try to control our tongues it will never work, until we change what we are holding in our hearts. We need to meditate on God’s Word and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving. This is not difficult when we remember everything He has promised to do for us. If we can do that, then only good things will spill out of our mouths no matter what we encounter.

Therefore, start every day by declaring what God has promised to do for you in His Word. Praise Him all day long for His faithfulness to keep His Word. The next time someone does something to you that would normally make you angry, you might be amazed to hear yourself say: “Father, I just bless that person, in Jesus’ name!”

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

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