Good day People of GOD 🙂
Today we will be looking at Proverbs 4: 24, where we are counseled to keep perverse/corrupt talk from you lips.
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips (NIV).
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee (KJV).
You have to be extremely careful of the words you speak. First, words we speak can constitute grave sins against GOD.
Perversity means to intentionally deviate from what is good or right. JESUS says that everybody will one day account before GOD for every wrong/bad word he says during his lifetime on earth (Matthew 12: 36; 5: 22). It is important to watch what you say on earth because GOD watches what you say too. This is further confirmed by the Scripture that says that Angels of GOD pay attention to what you say (Exodus 23: 21), so it is useless to say something and then exclaim that you did not mean it!
In addition, it is not good or seemly to say perverse things which include curse words or dirty words. For one, GOD cannot be living in you and you would be saying perverse things. The HOLY SPIRIT is the Spirit of the Fear of GOD (Isaiah 11: 2), and the Fear of GOD makes you not to say wrong things. Even if you do, you will feel so uncomfortable you will ask GOD for forgiveness.
Besides, what you say signifies what is in your heart. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23: 7). When you use curse words for instance, you see mature Christians or plain decent people giving you a funny look or looking shocked. Apart from the fact that they hate the use of curse words, they are consciously or subconsciously think you are a bad person to use such words. They judge you on the spot. I remember when I was a baby in CHRIST and I used curse words. Afterwards, people say, ‘I never knew you could say that’. Obviously, that is not a compliment. Thus, we have to have our hearts purified by the Word in order to have our words and actions purified. JESUS says:
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him (Matthew 12: 33-35 ).
Secondly, your tongue can make or break your destiny. Proverbs 18: 21 says: ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof’. Moreover,
‘From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin (Proverbs 13: 2-3 NIV)’.
What else need be said after this? It is obvious that speaking the right things can open the right doors for you. Saying the wrong things can shut doors forever. Why? Because there are invisible beings (Angels of GOD) who hear what you say and honour what you say. This is why GOD warns the Israelites not to transgress or rebel (this includes saying the wrong things or complaining) because HIS Angel will be going with them and will punish them for saying or doing the wrong things (Exodus 23: 20-21). This is also why JESUS says:
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell (Matthew 5: 22 NIV).
Thus, our mouths can make or break our destinies. It can make all the difference between success and failure in life. The Bible says that you shall decree a thing and it shall be established (Job 22: 28); as you say in GOD’s Ears, so will HE do (Numbers 14: 28). Remember when the LORD said that leaders from Israel should explore Canaan, they saw giants and came back to give a bad report to the Israelites (Numbers 13). As a result, the Israelites started grumbling and wished they had died in Egypt (Numbers 14: 1-4). Indeed, they died in the desert and did not get to their destination by the Word of the LORD (Numbers 14: 26-35).
Thirdly, it has been said that certain words you speak can constitute grave sins against GOD. How? JESUS says:
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matthew 12: 36 KJV).
An idle word refers to a word you should not say or that you are not supposed to say. Thus, you shall give account to GOD for every bad word you say on earth on the Day of Judgement. Whether you say such words out of anger or by mistake or not, you shall give account on Judgment Day. This means you shall explain to GOD why you said it, and take responsibility for saying such idle word (s). This is why the Bible says that anger lies in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7: 9). This is because even if you say something bad out of anger, you shall take responsibility for it. No matter how bad the consequences are.
JESUS also says:
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned (Matthew 12: 37 NIV).
This Scripture supports what we have seen so far. Basically, your words can qualify you for Heaven or condemn you to hell. Your words can save your life, admit you into Heaven or set you on the path to eternal destruction. This is how powerful the words you say are. Let’s see the context of this Scripture:
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Therefore, what you speak and how you speak is directly related to your righteousness and perfection in CHRIST. In other words, if you are truly righteous, you would not say things that offend GOD or hurt fellow human beings. For example, you would not lie about your neighbours or say malicious things about them. However, where any Christian brother or sister is going astray, you have the duty to come clean and speak the truth to such brother or sister about their bad behavior which offends GOD. In this case, you should not mince words. You have to be frank even if it hurts. At the end, you would be helping them, and GOD sees your pure intentions. Whether they accept the truth or not is up to them. Moreover, if your heart is clean, your mouth would be clean. Only words that edify the Church and fellow brethren would come out of your mouth. Not words that destroy or cause hurt.
In addition, JESUS says yet again:
31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come (Matthew 12: 31-32 NIV).
This is self-explanatory. It is NOT every sin GOD forgives. GOD does not forgive every sin. James says:
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell (James 3: 6).
You have to be extremely careful of the way in which you use your tongues so that you can use your tongues in glorifying GOD, and in preparing yourself for Heaven. Do not seek your destruction with your tongue!
Finally, gossiping is one bad practice that not only destroys its victim, but the gossiper as well. Saying malicious things about other people not only offends the victim(s) but GOD as well. Thus, speaking kindly to someone this moment, and gossiping about them the next is a punishable sin. See Proverbs 29: 5-
“A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.”
Gossiping is like digging a pit for somebody else. GOD cannot be mocked: whatever you sow, you reap (Galatians 6: 7). Thus, you shall fall into the pit which you have dug for another person yourself.
A parallel of this Scripture is found in Proverbs 20: 19- He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!
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