Self-Examination (Part 29)
Mouth: Your Worst Employee
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord...
Proverbs 12:22 (NASB)
He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.
Proverbs 20:19 (NASB)
They speak falsehood to one another; With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.
Psalm 12:2 (NASB)
A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends.
Proverbs 16:28 (NASB)
Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2 (NIV)
It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
Ephesians 5:11-12 (NIV)
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.
Matthew 12:36 (NASB)
If your body is the temple of God, if your temple has a receptionist, if the receptionist is your own mouth, then your mouth is a crucial employee. Therein, you must govern this employee and teach your mouth God's employment guidelines.
Since earth's Founder and Chairman of the Board is the first Master Communicator, He's crystal clear on this job's Do's and Don'ts. They're illustrated throughout the Bible and summarized in the Book of Proverbs. Their mastery is our imperative.
But what if we haven't done our homework, so our mouths become our worst employees... violating every code of conduct befitting human temples of the Lord? I confess my own mouth's violations. It's been a bad receptionist for God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider some common infractions in the employment of godly mouths:
1) Lies (which include exaggerating, bending, twisting or cutting the truth) aren't accepted by the Lord of Truth.
2) Gossip (which includes hearing, speaking or spreading rumors and bad reports) is character assassination. But Jesus came to save--not destroy.
3) Flattery (which includes persuasions and sweet words of manipulation) is a con to achieve a bad goal.
4) Complaint (which includes accusation and the dissemination of strife) harms the peaceful purposes of God.
5) Big talk (which includes pompous answers and presumptuous speculations) is foolishness to the Ears of God.
6) Lewd news (which includes locker room talk and glorifying bad examples) desensitizes kin to bad acts.
7) Careless words (which include vain, trifling, empty, profane and mean expressions) are recorded by God for judgment.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.