Theme: Managing the Mouth
|Text: Psalms 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." (KJV)|
|James 3:2, "We all make mistakes in all kinds of ways, but the man who can claim that he never says the wrong thing can consider himself perfect, for If he can control his tongue, he can control every other part of his personality." (Phillips)|
|Point 1- The Power of Words|
Have you ever had the experience of being so caught up in reading a book, short story, or magazine article that you began to get angry, nervous or excited because of what you were reading? Maybe you even felt silly about it later when you realized how emotionally involved you got over nothing more than a bunch of black marks on a page. But the fact is - words can and do affect us that way. The old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" is not always true. Words, whether written or spoken by ourselves or others, have the power to trigger strong emotions and responses in us.
Except for the book of Proverbs, the book of James has more to say about the mouth and the little muscle called the tongue than any other book in the Bible. James tells us in Chapter 3 that:
(1) The tongue may be very small, but it
is powerful. It has the power to control our lives.
(2) The tongue may be small,
but it is dangerous.
Truth: Even though the tongue weighs practically nothing, isn't it surprising how few there are that can hold it?
(3) The tongue may be very
small, but it's very revealing.
Our words - how we talk and about what we talk reveals our hearts like nothing else. Our conversation is our advertisement to the world of who we are - what we're like - what we feel and what we think. Everytime we open our mouths to speak, we let others look into our minds. We are truly known by the words of our mouth. Out tongue reveals what is inside of us. Matthew 12:34 says, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Someone has rightfully coined the phrase, "The condition of our heart determines the contents of our words."
It has been estimated that the average person will be engaged in about thirty conversations a day. This being true, then the odds are that at some point in all this speaking, our mouth is going to get us into trouble by what we say. Proverbs 10:19 (LB), "Don't talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow."