Your Tongue Says It All
"A New York telephone company analyzed 500 telephone conversations and discovered that the most frequently used word was ' I.' It was used more than 4,000 times in those 500 short conversations. By nature we are all this way. We put ' I ' at the center. What we do is determined by what ' I ' want."
- Encyclopedia of Sermon Illustrations
If someone were to monitor your phone conversations, what would they find? Would they discover that your most frequently used word is "I" as well? What kind of words would they hear? Would they hear conversation riddled with sarcasm, bitterness, anger, criticism, arrogance, and pride? Or would they hear wisdom from the Word of God as well as sense the "law of kindness" as Proverbs 31 mentions?
The Scriptures point out that our tongues reveal the true condition of our hearts. Just as the tree is known by its fruit, even so are our hearts known by our words. They are the evidence that either acquit us or condemn us as believers and show us up for what we really are -
Psalm 45:1 - "My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
Matthew 12:34-37 - "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things; and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
"My heart is inditing a good matter" - "My heart is inditing" - The heart is full and overflowing, bubbling up, or boiling over like a fountain with this "good matter." The "good matter" implies the work in which the heart is engaged. It is that which the heart studied and digested. It was a "good matter" - something good, beneficial, interesting, pure, and important for the hearers.
Of what kind of "matter" is your heart full to overflowing today? Is it bubbling up or boiling over with a "good matter" like the wisdom of God or the goodness and righteousness of the Lord? Or is it overflowing with the trash of Hollywood or the "evil matter" of the sensuality and lusts of the world, the flesh, and the devil? Wouldn't it be a good idea to check before speaking, to see if your conversation will be considered a "good matter" or an "evil matter" in God's estimation? There would be less talking among us, wouldn't you agree?
"I speak of the things which I have made touching the king" - In other words, I dedicate this work that my heart is engaged in to the king; I dedicate what I am about to say to the honor of my king.
Can we say that of our conversations? Are they dedicated and consecrated to the honor and praise of King Jesus? Is He honored by the meditations of our hearts and the words of our mouths?
Or are we like those, mentioned by David in Psalm 12, who have "flattering lips" and a "double heart" and speak "proud things," having the attitude which says loudly and clearly to God - "With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?" In other words, no one is going to tell us how to talk. This is the way we are. Take us for what we are. No one is going to change us - no, not even God.
"My tongue is the pen of a ready writer" - The pen referred to here is the stylus which was usually made of iron and used to inscribe letters on lead or wax. Because the heart was full to overflowing with a "good matter," the psalmist was not at a loss for words at this point. His tongue became like a pen, writing rapidly and freely the thoughts and feelings stored in his heart.
Believe it or not - our tongues are like pens writing the story of our lives for all to read. They are either directed and led by the Holy Ghost or directed and led by Satan and the flesh.
In 2 Samuel 23:2, David declared - "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word was in my tongue." Can we say that of ourselves today? Do our conversations indicate that the Spirit of the Lord is in control of our hearts and lives? Is God's word in our tongues?
Then "what meaneth" the constant emphasis on " I " - me, myself, and I - us four and no more?
What do people read about our lives through our conversations? That we are more in love with ourselves, our family, our ministry, church, Pastor, or denomination than Jesus? That no one is doing a work for God like we are? That we love our job and money more than God? That being rich is the ultimate road to happiness?
Is this the story that our tongues are writing for the world to read? Is it a "good matter" in God's estimation? Is the Spirit of God doing the writing? Is He in control of the pen? Or are Satan and the Flesh pushing the pen?
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things" - Here we read that the heart is likened unto a "treasury" that is either storing the good treasures of God's grace, comfort, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, or the bad treasures of lust and corruption.
The Pharisees were depicted by Jesus as being a "generation of vipers." The snake He was referring to was the male which was about a yard long, an inch thick, had a flat head, and two large teeth from whence the poisonous venom came.
"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?" - Just as a bad tree cannot produce good fruit, even so an evil people cannot speak a "good matter" or "good things."
"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" - Here we see again that whatever is in the heart will be revealed through the words. The heart is the fountain and the words are the streams.
What kind of words do you suppose would come from a heart that is clean and pure in God's sight? Proverbs 15:26 tells us - "...the words of the pure are pleasant words." These are words that are honest, sincere, and well-pleasing to a holy God.
On the other hand, what kind of heart would one have who is always speaking sarcasm - words that cut, wound, grieve, pierce, or tear another's flesh to shreds like a mad dog?
Proverbs 12:18 says - "There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword..."
This heart is definitely not pure in God's sight. The words indicate that the Holy Spirit is not in control; Satan and the Flesh are.
The remainder of the Scripture says - "...but the tongue of the wise is health." Isn't this wise man just like Jesus in that His words edify, strengthen, mend, heal, and build up another?
Many Scriptures confirm this same concept of our words revealing the true state of our hearts -
Psalm 37:30 - "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment."
Psalm 37:31 - "The law of His God is in his heart..."
Proverbs 10:21 - "The lips of the righteous feed many..."
Proverbs 12:17 - "He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness..."
Proverbs 15:4 - "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life..."
Proverbs 16:21 - "The wise in heart...sweetness of the lips..."
A man who is holy and righteous in heart and life will speak God's Word and Wisdom and talk about judgment to come. His tongue will be "feed many" and bring forth life, health, comfort, sweetness, and refreshment to all.
Proverbs 12:17 - "He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit."
Proverbs 12:19 - "...a lying tongue is but for a moment."
Proverbs 15:4 - "...but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit."
Proverbs 15:28 - "...the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things."
Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of thy mouth..."
Matthew 23:28 - "...within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
Romans 3:13 - "...with their tongues they have used deceit..."
What a perfect Scripture to depict our argument here - "The mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things." A man with a wicked heart will speak deceit, perverseness, corruption, hypocrisy, and iniquity. No child of God who claims to be redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb should have any of these "evil things" pouring out of his mouth at any time. Lying, false witnessing, and unclean talk should not be a part of the Christian's life. If they are present, it is a sure indication that the heart is not right in the sight of the Holy God Who reads and knows the hearts of all men.
The Scriptures tell us that God was very offended with His people because their words and actions were contrary to His law. He brought judgment upon Judah and Jerusalem because, through their words and actions, they were turning His Glory into shame -
Isaiah 3:8 - "For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of His glory."
We, too, can "provoke the eyes of His glory" by our words. That is why the Scriptures strictly admonish us to -
Colossians 4:6 - "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
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."
Our speech - at all times and in every place - should indicate unto others that the grace of God is at work in our lives. That same grace that is at work will bubble over unto others as we speak, edifying and building them up in their faith. At no time should there be any obscene, depraved, offensive, filthy, unclean, worthless, and useless words found in our conversation. If they are there, they are flowing from a heart that is unclean in God's sight and needs repentance and cleansing.
1 John 4:4-5 - The Scriptures imply that we are distinguished from those of the world by our words - "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them...They are of the world; therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them."
Ephesians 2:2 - Those who are "children of disobedience" and who are under the influence of the "prince of the power of the air" talk of the world and the things that the world likes to hear. Our conversation should be different. "They are of the world," but "ye are of God." Our conversation should indicate to whom we belong - in other words, who is in control of our hearts and lives.
In the midst of much mixture among Christians today, God is calling for a separation - a coming out from among them, if you will. He is speaking to His people as He did the Prophet Jeremiah -
Jeremiah 15:19 - "Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before Me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as My mouth..."
The image presented here is that of the refining of metals by fire where the precious metal is separated from the dross or the useless part. God is calling for a separation of us - His people - from all that is vile and corrupt so that we may come forth as "precious" in His sight. It is a heart work. But notice that when the work is done, then we will be as God's mouth. Our words will be right because our hearts are right. We, then, will be able to speak as God speaks with great power and anointing to those to whom He sends us.
We all know that a man's language indicates from what country he is.
What does our speech indicate to others? What story about our lives are people receiving from our words?
What country or kingdom do they hear we are from - Mount Zion or the dark domain of this world?
What is your tongue saying about you to others?
Think about it!
Oh, and by the way, watch out for those I's' in your next conversation!
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The above article was written by Connie Giordano (an Anointed woman of God) and is published here with her permission.
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