Proverbs 17:1-4 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren. The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts. A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
On television, I saw a commercial from a chewing gum company that says “Dirty Mouth? …Clean It Up!” They of course are suggesting you do so by chewing their brand of gum.
While that gum may do many things to clean your mouth, freshen your breath, and possibly remove debris from between your teeth, it only works for a short time, and then you will need to chew another piece. To clean up the mouth from hurtful and harmful conversation you need a lot more than gum, toothpaste, or mouthwash. You need a change of heart.
Just as metal which is tried by the fire of a smelting pot to remove the impurities, the conversation that comes from our mouth is also tried by a flame that burns within the heart of man. If you are on fire for the Lord, the flame in your heart will desire to take away hate and gossip, leaving your conversation filled with the love you have for God. In Ephesians 4:14-15 Paul says; “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:.” How we speak will quickly tell those around us who we serve. Whether that be our self, or our Saviour.
Those whose heart burns with a desire toward trouble will find themselves drawn to false lips and naughty tongues of the world. Gossip and grumbling are something God truly hates.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
What is the flame of your heart burning for today? Does your heart long for the truth of God’s Word, and the fellowship of His saints? Or, is your heart leading you toward the gossip and garbage that destroys others’ lives and makes God sick? Dirty Mouth? …Clean it up!
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Psalms 134 – 140 / Proverbs 17:1-4
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Neh. 7-8 / Acts 14
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