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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,” 1 Peter 2:1
The old storyteller, Aesop, told this fable: Once upon a time, a donkey found a lion's skin. He tried it on, strutted around, and frightened many animals. Soon a fox came along, and the donkey tried to scare him, too. But the fox, hearing the donkey's voice, said, "If you want to terrify me, you'll have to disguise your bray." Aesop's moral: Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away.
Your words really do reveal who you are. When the Apostles were threatened to speak no more in the name of Jesus, their response was simply, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19). They knew that what they had filled their hearts and minds with was inevitably what would come out of their mouths. The same is true today. What flows out of our mouths is what has been filling up our hearts and minds.
Our words are extremely powerful. In fact, they hold the power of death and life (Proverbs 18:21). Words have potential to poison others or bless others (James 3:8, 9). Therefore, it is extremely important for us to let God control our speech. So, how do we let Him have control?
1. Fill your heart and mind with His Words.
“My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth” Isaiah 59:21.
2. Speak words the way you want God to hear them.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14.
3. Speak what is truth.
“Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue” Psalm 120:2.
4. Speak to build others.
“Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying” II Corinthians 12:19
Remember, no matter how you dress up, you are always going to be known by how you talk!