Starts In The Heart
Everything you say comes from all that is in your heart. Whatever is planted in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth. If you are involved in sexual sin, then this will be resident in your heart and come out in your speech.
The two things that reveal what is really in the heart are what makes you laugh and what makes you cry.
If you really belong to Me, then profanity or coarse joking about sexual matters will make you uncomfortable. This is not innocent humor, but empty talking that cheapens you and other people. You were made for much more.
If you hear people speak of such things, and understand that coarse language and lewd behavior diminishes the infinite worth of a person, then you will feel a sense of sadness for those who talk in this manner.
The ability to be clever in conversation is a gift. When it’s attached to a mind polluted by filthy thoughts and desires, it is a curse. Whatever you look at, and listen to, is planted in your heart.
Store up a memory of My word in your heart, and season every word you say with salt. If purity and grace are living inside you, they will be manifested themselves outside you.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. ~Matthew 12:34-37
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. ~Ephesians 5:3-5 (NLT)
Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. ~1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)
If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Dear brothers, surely this is not right! ~James 3:2-13 (TLB)
I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~Galatians 2:20 (TLB)
I understand what You are saying, Lord. I will get out of my life whatever I put into it. If I spend my time reading and thinking about Your word, then I will store up good treasures into my heart. If I store the things of this world—the filth and obscene things—then these will come out of my mouth.
Help me to look at what is good, pure, and righteous, so that purity and cleanness will be expressed by my manner of living. I cannot continually put the garbage of this world into my mind and expect to live a life that is pleasing to You, Jesus.
I turn away now from all sin and filthy things, and bring my heart and mind into the captivity of Your love and goodness. Help me, dear Lord, to make better choices with what I listen to and look at, and who I spend time with. Let me store up a treasure of holiness and righteousness in my heart so that all I say and do will be good.
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