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You can tell a great deal about a person by the things they say.  I remember as a child—parents would ask kids, “Do you eat with that filthy mouth?” We learn quickly from listening to the content and veracity of a person’s speech—whether or not they are folks with whom we wish to associate.  Jesus said it best, “It is not what goes into a man’s mouth that defiles him, but what comes out.” Matt 15:11

As the chosen people of God, we have to set the bar on speaking the truth, and speaking with patience, grace and character.  People should desire to converse with us–not dread it.  In practical terms, that requires honesty, selflessness and genuine desire to know other people and allow them to know both Christ and Christ in you. When our hearts and mouths are programmed accordingly, we become transparent, peaceful and wise people—we break the cultural mold of looking out for “number 1” and begin to actually influence the world around us.  That influence makes life much more enjoyable and friends become friends in all circumstances—not just when things are good.  Choose each day to use your mouth as a tool for good not a weapon for evil.

God Bless You

Those who work their land will have abundant food,     but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,     but the root of the righteous endures.

13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,     and so the innocent escape trouble.

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,     and the work of their hands brings them reward.

15 The way of fools seems right to them,     but the wise listen to advice.

16 Fools show their annoyance at once,     but the prudent overlook an insult.

17 An honest witness tells the truth,     but a false witness tells lies.

18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,     but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

19 Truthful lips endure forever,     but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,     but those who promote peace have joy.