Christ cuts to the heart of the matter of our words in Matthew 15:10-20 

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” 

My words good or bad merely reflect what is in my heart.  We may say our words betray us… but what we really mean is that our words reveal who we really are.  You might be thinking what if we lie or misrepresent ourselves.  We will get there, stay tuned.  

We can try techniques to polish our words, to speak more positively, control our anger, or  speak with confidence.  But as Christ says it is our heart that determines our words and defiles them.  We need to address our heart.  Christ alone can transform our heart.  We can try to do better, but the doings of our hands only reinforces our inability to be righteous.  

The hope for our words is Christ alone.  Christ can transform our hearts and give weight and beauty to the words we speak.  It doesn’t mean that all believers will be eloquent speakers.  But there is nothing more beautiful or weighty than the proclamation of the gospel.  God is glorified when our words flow from a heart dedicated to Him.  

So what have your words revealed about your heart this week?

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