My Mouth Needs a Backspace
We can measure the fruit of the spirit by what comes out of our mouths. Scary, huh?
I know you imagine only kind and loving, caring, words and praise come out of my mouth but sometimes complaints come out, sometimes anger and bitterness fly out.
It’s like Paul describes in Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. Our mouth speaks from what is in our heart and our heart is not always controlled by the Holy Spirit.
For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:43
A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words. Pro 12:14a
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit (Prov.15:4).
Jesus condemned the Pharisees who could never say anything good because their hearts were evil (Matthew 12:33-37).
Our Mouth Should Reflect God
The Fruit of the Spirit is God’s love in us, flowing through. We should be reflecting spiritual fruit and the character of God. Not only is this a big job, it is impossible! Our tongues are untamable. James condemns the tongue as unrighteous, untamable, and evil (James 3:6-12).
So How Do We Tame the Tongue?
We can’t. But the Holy Spirit can. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. (Rom 8:26)
When something unloving comes out of my mouth, I repent. Unfortunately I don’t always repent immediately. But I can say the time between my sin and repentance seems to be getting shorter. Praise God!
“I can do nothing on my own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 5:30
We Walk in the Spirit by Trusting, Not by Trying!
The Holy Spirit doesn’t have an automatic pilot. Our job is to surrender each moment continually and enthusiastically, in the control and power of the Holy Spirit. The fruit is produced by His power working in and through us, it’s not self-effort.
PRAYER: Father, Set a guard over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips. Be within me that I may bear good fruit. Let your love overflow through my mouth. Let my words be always full of grace and seasoned with salt; let them be healing, encouraging words of praises and thanksgiving.
Surrender your heart and thoughts to God, fill yourself with His Word and the Holy Spirit will flow. Allow Him to change you from the inside out.