DID YOU KNOW that you do not have to speak (or text) every word that comes across your mind? Shocking, I know. A man who is governed by his emotions is not under the control of the Holy Spirit. Fortunately for me, I am not quick-witted so I’m able to keep my tongue. Yet, if you’re near me, I cannot always hold back my facial expressions. My face reveals all I’m thinking. (Insert eye roll).

Here’s the consistent battle that we fight: take every thought captive so that what comes out of your mouth is grace and truth. The thought of something is not sin, it’s when we ruminate on a sinful thought until it comes out of our mouth or our actions.

Now it’s sin. And yes, you are responsible for your words. “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew‬ ‭12:34-37‬

‭Don’t get caught in the trap that you can never say anything hard- Jesus spoke hard words of truth and He was full of grace. Those are His graceful words, “Brood of vipers!” It’s a grace to correct and discipline, for grace teaches us godliness.

Imparting truth is a grace of the kingdom. Repentance is His grace. Life-giving words are grace, whether they come in the form of encouragement, warning or rebuke; and the only true life is in Christ. Yet, there’s a way to speak that convicts and way that condemns and judges unrighteously. There is a righteous judgment, judge the tree by its fruit. But the condemning person judges your motives.

We are never allowed to judge another’s motives. Words are powerful and your words can be sweet water or bitter water (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks); but they cannot be both at the same time. Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook. Proverbs 15:4, 18:4Bottom line- what’s coming out of your mouth? Better yet, what things are you texting? Or posting on social media? Texting is even worse because you’ve had time to formulate a thought. Examine your heart for it is producing your words. #runyourrace

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