My reading for today was Matthew 14 – 15. The mouth is our own worst enemy at times. That is why it is very important to have a changed heart. Changed by the power of the cross of Jesus Christ. The cross is the only place of change for good and positive power with God and toward people.
I am sharing with you today a post from 2016. How we need to guard our mouth in this politically charged day. If we do not we could find ourselves in the middle of a war of more than words. There is far too much hatred. Let us pray for those who offend us. Let us do unto others as we would want them to do unto us.
Let us hear what Jesus says.
“And He called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” Matthew 15:10-11 (KJB)
There is a disease among the bovine species that has a nick name of “Hoof and Mouth Disease.” I do not remember the symptoms, but it does seem like that it is contagious and it ends with the death of the cattle which are affected by it.
There is a sin among the human race that should be called the “Heart and Mouth” evil of mankind. Symptoms of this are words of hatred, evil doings, a vulgar speaking, debaucherous acts which not only defile the person, but others too.
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had accused His disciples of eating without washing their hands and defiling themselves. Jesus is pointing out to them their neglect, rejection and twisting of Scripture, by reminding them of the matter of their hearts. It is not what enters the body that defiles; it is what comes out of the mouth.
The words we speak reveal our true heart. The words the Pharisees spoke revealed their hearts. The words the disciples spoke revealed their hearts. The words Jesus spoke revealed His heart. The words I speak reveal my heart as well. And the same with all the human race.
Furthermore, Jesus says,
“And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matthew 15:16-20
O Christian, let us guard our hearts; for out of the heart the mouth speaks. What are you speaking today? Life or death?