When I was a kid, I used to play football in the grass with the other kids on my street. We spent many afternoons and Saturdays running around outside. I remember one time I had the ball and was running for the end zone – a small, grass covered mound. I was a small kid, but I was quick. I thought I had gotten away, but one of the larger boys caught up with my and put me into the ground. I was embarrassed because it was a solid hit and everyone was hooting and hollering. I was even further embarrassed when I found that I had a mouthful of grass and dirt falling of out my lips. The worst part was that I had half a worm in there, too. I quickly spit it all out, coughed and gagged, then ran to the water hose to rinse out my mouth while the other kids were. I didn’t want that stuff in there! That’s gross!
It’s important to be careful what we put into our mouths. Any parent knows to be vigilant about what they keep around the house when their children are toddlers. We also need to be vigilant about what we allow to come out of our mouth. The Bible teaches us that more important that what goes into our mouth is what comes out of it.
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers…Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice." Ephesians 7:29, 31
Paul says that we should speak in ways that are helpful to others. He says no foul language, no angry yelling, no gossip. No character assassination. No dirty jokes.
Jesus said that what comes out is an indication of who we are on the inside (Mark 7:20-23). We need to be cautious about what we say and what we do, because it reflects who we really are. We take caution about what we let into our mouths. We also need to manage what comes out.
And, for the record, grass, dirt, and worms taste bad and should not be in your mouth.
Posted on Thu, December 29, 2011
by Steven Valadez