WHAT IS COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH???
I do pray you were blessed, encouraged and challenged by the last 2 blogs on “ARE YOU EXPERIENCING GOD’S SO GREAT SALVATION? and that your understanding has been expanded to understand more and experience more of God’s “so great Salvation”.
I deliberately did not highlight any of the negative things that we need to strip off, nor the positive things we can clothe ourselves with as we embrace our inheritance through God’s “so great Salvation”. I am praying the Holy Spirit will spotlight every in our lives that needs change.
There is one area that it becoming too common amongst Believers that I have been want to write about for quite some time, we see my concern in Col. 3:8. Remember Paul is writing to born again Believers here he speaks off:
NKJV Filthy language out of your mouth.
AMP. N.T. Foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips!
N.L.T. Dirty language
PASSION Filthy speech
MESSAGE Dirty talk.
This sort of language is very common amongst non believers, and for some new Believers it is a bad habit that needs to be stripped out of our life.
I am aware that words sure change their meaning over the generations, but the wise Christian does not also use QUESTIONABLE WORDS, or innuendo or words that have a “double meaning”. We need to pray King David’s words in Psalm 141:3 KJV Set a watch (guard), O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
I am very conscious of the words of Jesus in Matt. 12:34 NKJV For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Let us take the challenge of Paul in Phil. 4:8 NKJV Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. OUR LANGUAGE CAN SADLY AND CLEARLY DISPLAY WHAT IS IN OUR HEART!!!!
One word used in the KJV that has changed it meaning is the word CONVERSATION.
Eph. 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.
1 Peter 1:15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
In other translations it is is translated CONDUCT or MANNER OF LIVING, so to me it still includes our speech. Some of my readers may say I am “old fashioned” and legalistic, but I believe the Word of God is abundantly clear on what should come our of mouth.
May the Lord help us to ALWAYS ESPRESS WHOLESOME PURE SPEECH AMEN.