“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalms 19:14)
The Bible is very specific about the words we speak and the things we think. The Child of God especially is responsible for what he says or thinks. When it comes to the tongue, James call it “…an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). What are you saying?
James 3:10 says, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” (See James 3:1-12.) We have to keep this little member of our body called the tongue under subjection, or else it will boast great things.
“Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile (deceit)” (Psalms 34:13). I have heard of many people who call themselves Christians, bless and praise God in one breath, and then curse their neighbor in the next breath. “These things ought not so to be.”
David says in Psalms 39:1, “I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.” David knew that it was his responsibility to watch his mouth, especially around the wicked; because the wicked are always looking for a reason to accuse the Child of God.
Some parents think it’s cute when two-year-old Susie or Timmy says a curse word. Until little Timmy and little Susie become big Timmy and big Susie, and start cursing their parents. Then it is not so cute.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:29, ”Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
What are you saying Christian? Have you told any dirty jokes lately? What about off-color jokes? Have you been backbiting? James 1:26 says, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” We have enough vain religion in this world. What people need is an inward experience of grace (regeneration), not a religion.
When we have truly had an experience with God, there will be a change: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When you are truly “in Christ,” a transformation takes place. Now we know that change does not come overnight, but it does come. We should, day by day, be conformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and not to this world (Romans 12:2).
The Child of God is to present his body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1). The Child of God is to also know that “…your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
The Child of God had been bought with a price, and therefore should glorify God in his body and in his spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20).
So dear Christian, What are you saying? Is it acceptable in the Lord’s sight?