Changed Talk

 The tongue can speak lies, gossip, backbite, swear, spout profanity, tell “dirty” stories, use immoral words, slander, excuse sin and more. James 3:6 reminds us: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” In Matthew 12:34, Jesus points out that: “….out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Truly, what comes out in our talk originates in a corrupt heart! However, we are given a new heart when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. “Our prayer becomes: “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). This prayer will likely be answered gradually, as old habits die slowly; sometimes it’s answered quickly. Either way, there will be a purging of our old talk and our new talk will be the voicing of clean speech, praise, thanksgiving, encouragement, Scripture, Godly wisdom, etc.  This change is the outworking of our new nature. As the change comes to be noticed and asked about, an opportunity for testimony and witnessing is often given. Only the power of God that comes with our applying of God’s Word can tame our tongues like that! The language of Zion increases and the empty and sinful language of our old nature fades and loses its grip on us. In the hymn, “Holy and Reverend is the Name,” John Needham and Isaac Watts offer these timely thoughts on our redeemed talk: Holy and reverend is the Name of our eternal King; thrice holy Lord! the angels cry, thrice holy, let us sing. Holy is He in all His works, and truth is His delight; but sinners and their wicked ways shall perish from His sight. The deepest reverence of the mind, pay, O my soul to God;  Lift with thy hands a holy heart to His sublime abode. With sacred awe pronounce His Name,  Whom words or thoughts can reach; a broken heart shall please Him more than the best forms of speech.” Selah! The more our hearts and minds are purified with the washing of water by the Word, the more our speech will be honoring to God and a testimony to lost people!”  Ron

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