Book: Proverbs 6
“What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars,…”
Part of wisdom is being discerning. When someone misleads or tells lies a wise person picks up on this and is very cautious around them. The reaction of the one telling lies might be to say that the discerning one is judging and doesn’t know their heart. The reality is, yes we do need to judge what is being said to see if it is the truth and yes what comes out of the mouth does draw a picture of what is going on in ones heart.
It is wise for each of us to evaluate what comes out of our own mouth so that we are not judged by others. If we find ourselves saying things to others that is not the truth or is hurtful, we should take time with the Lord to sort out what is going on in our own heart. It may be that we find we have not been spending the time with the Lord praying, sharing our concerns, listening to His Word and obeying Him.
James 3:9-12 challenges us with what comes out of our mouth when it says, “Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.” What comes out of our mouth comes from our heart. It doesn’t come from thin air or from outside sources, although they may have influenced the heart.
Take a few minutes before the Lord and consider the words you have already spoken today. Did those words represent truth presented in love or were there any words that you wish you had not spoken. Ask the Lord to forgive you and wash your heart clean. Let Him know you want to speak truth, His truth, as you go through your day.