The Heart and Tongue

~James 3:6-13 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet [water] and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so [can] no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Today’s cartoon is funny but the “message” is really not funny. Someone who can’t control her tongue has a heart problem according to the Bible.

~Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

What comes out of your mouth, teen girl? Are your words God honoring? Or are they deadly poison filled with cuss words? Why do you cuss? You must be honest with yourself. Do you think that cussing makes you appear more mature? It takes more maturity to control one’s tongue than it does to “let a cuss word slip”! Do you sass your parents? Do you talk behind someone’s back? All these things are signs of immaturity, not maturity! These things do not make you an adult. In fact, to another adult, acting this way proves that you are still a child with no sign of maturity. 😦 Doesn’t that upset you? It should! I pray that you will read this and take it to heart so you can mature into a beautiful Christian teenage girl who shines Christ’s light to others.

If I were to hang out with you, I would be able to tell how much time you spend reading your Bible just by listening to you. It’s not only words that come out of your mouth but words that you put in writing – that “unspoken” word. What you post on Facebook or Twitter also reveals what is in your heart, teen girl.

There are teen girls who profess to be saved and yet when I read their Facebook posts, I am ashamed for them! How can  you have a fresh fountain of water in your heart yet your mouth releases salt water. Does that sound like it makes sense? Of course it doesn’t! A Christian should not be speaking words that do not honor the Lord, teen girl.

Are you guilty of such a thing? The Bible says that we can ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and start over. 🙂 Repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help you get a handle on this problem. God always provides a way out of temptation. But you must decide to say “No!” to being tempted to cuss or talk nasty about someone.

~1 Corinthian 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

If you need further help, please feel free to send me an email and I can help you study your Bible so you can have victory over this 🙂