What Are You Using Your Mouth For?
" A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul."( Proverbs 18:7, NKJV)
How true! This passage of scripture sums up the fate of a lot of people today.
What are you using your mouth for? This is a serious question i had to ask myself, and answer some years ago. And i keep using this same question to examine myself every time, especially when i find myself in unpleasant situations.
I will like to refer us to two other verses of the same chapter of this book of proverbs ( a book which can be regarded as biblical common sense guide for living), to see the implication of what you use your mouth for: " A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." ( Proverbs 18:20-21, NKJV)
See the way a modern translation presents these: " You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of you word." ( Proverbs 18:20-21, Today's English Version)
A lot of people tend to be careless with the use of their mouths. They say words without really thinking about the consequences of these words. Some people always have an excuse for saying the wrong words, while others don't seem to see anything wrong with their use of words.
Do you know that the mouth is not meant for eating and drinking alone? And talking? Well, your mouth is not for just talking as well but talking right! Please know ans understand that that your mouth was given to you to chart the course of your life. So, whatever you are going through today, your mouth played a vital in it- words you said or didn't say.
I am, at the moment, living in a city where i have discovered that the people tend to be careless with their mouths. They speak without thinking; cursing, foolish jesting, rude remarks, negative words- all these i have to contend with every day as i move around, either in the buses or other places where you find people.
Now, imagine when things go wrong in their lives, they start looking for someone or something to put the blame on. It never occurred to them that their lives are products of the words that came out of their mouth. They run from church to church, and other places, seeking solutions for problems that could have been avoided in the first place if they had learned about the proper use of their mouths.
I learned, many years ago, not to use my mouth destructively by speaking the wrong words about, or to myself. Though i didn't understand then that there are two sides to it; you may not be speaking the wrong words but you must speak the right words continuously to fill your life with the right stuff. And that's what i have been training myself to do. Thanks to all those ministers of the word, and motivational speakers, who have been proclaiming this truth about the place of the mouth in striving for success in life.
One of the things that stood Jesus Christ out during His earthly ministry was His use of His mouth. It is as a result of some of His words that the religious leaders of that time where not comfortable with Him, even the case they brought against Him at his trial were the words of His mouth.
Jesus Christ revealed a truth that it is by your words that you are either justified or condemned ( Matthew 12:37). Think about it. In this life you are either liberated or imprisoned ( as regards the issues of life) through your mouth.
What are you using your mouth for? Learn to guard your mouth for " whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin"( Proverbs 13:3, English Standard Version ).
Don't allow any one, or even your environment, make you use your mouth without considering the consequences. If you are going through bad times, your mouth is a vital tool to bring you out quickly and release you into the good times you desire. I want you to know that in life your winning begins with your speaking. Talk yourself from where you are right now to where you ought to be ( or want to be ). Remember that great men are made by words, so it's not enough for you not to speak the wrong words but you must discipline your mouth to speak the right words always- words with creative powers. Don't program your life for destruction with your mouth.
Folks, i would like to admonish you to make a commitment to exercise more control of the use of your mouth by speaking the right words to establish yourself on the right path, today and for all time. Why? Because : " if anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has control over himself in every other way."( James 3:2, The Living Bible )