Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 4
Verse 24: “Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.”
There's a popular commercial that advertises Orbit Gum known as “Dirty Mouth”. They’re kind of funny, but somewhat crude in humor. Whether it’s a twist on a “potty mouth” or actual dirt in someone’s mouth, one stick of this gum will leave your mouth fresh and clean. Of course that is ridiculous, but the commercial has found an audience. Even those of us with the very best hygiene would rather have our entire body covered in filth as long as it doesn't get in our mouth. We want our mouth to be free from anything unclean. It’s ironic that the most vile and filthy things that come out of us make their way out through our mouth. Our mouths and more specifically, our tongues are the producer of either truth and life or lies and death.
When we speak,
it should be of utmost importance to us that we are speaking truth and life giving
words. Even when we aren't necessarily meaning to lie, little regard for truth and
accuracy can have the same impact as an outright lie. Even when we are not meaning
to be destructive with our tongues, not being careful of our words to others can
be just as destructive anyway. We need to go out of our way to do as today’s “gold
nugget” says and, “Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips
far from you.” What we need to do is clothe ourselves in honesty and purity
with the intent to heal and encourage while being careful to avoid harmful words.
Lord, I know that lying is not characteristic of a Christian, but sometimes we may be careless with the truth and end up being deceitful. Help us to be passionate for truth and regard it above our own convenience and agendas. Amen
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