One of the most common faults that the people of the world find with Christians is the hypocrisy of their lifestyle. And often it’s the mouth of the “Christian” that ruins their own reputation. For many new believers, they have come to the cross and accepted Christ as their Savior, but they forgot to also check their mouth at the door.
And that door is Jesus Christ! When people come to the cross and accept the salvation of Christ and then ask Him to reign in their heart, they become a new person! And although the transformation of the heart is immediate, the old habits and attitudes may take some time to change. But they will change when the person spends time in the Bible and learns what is good and holy before God.
- I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.—John 10:9
When we first become a Christian, the habits, ideals and allegiance to the old life become our greatest challenges. We have to turn away from them to follow Jesus, but like an addiction, they’ll hound us until we give in. And we will give in if we don’t have solid ground to walk on—and that solid ground is the Bible.
By reading and studying it prayerfully, we’ll get the truth into our heart and it will become so much easier to say, “No, I won’t do that anymore. I don’t want to do that anymore.” But when we just try to be a Christian on our own esteem, we burn out quickly. It would be like buying a brand new car that’s all shiny and runs like a charm—until the gas runs out. And if we don’t know how or where to get gasoline for it, then as awesome as it is, it becomes useless to us and we return to our old junker because we’re used to it. We didn’t learn how to care for the new, so we return to what we know.
- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.—Romans 12:2
Through foolishness we speak before we think!
Many people speak out words before they think and then sorrow follows when they can’t take it back. To say, “I didn’t mean that” does nothing to the one who took the unleashed dart. Christians need to meditate on God’s word: that means study it, think about it, get it deep into the heart and then ask God to help control what comes out of the mouth.
- This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. —Joshua 1:8
Through ignorance we speak out judgment!
New Christians are often full of zeal and they just want to preach to everyone and point out the faults of the brethren who aren’t like them. And unfortunately, because they are still baby Christians, they don’t have the full knowledge and understanding of God, and so many tend to see others with an analytical eye instead of a passionate eye. It’s not our place to be judgmental with the brethren all the time because we are all sinners and we all have faults and we all do things at times that we know we shouldn’t. And we are all saved by the grace of God and we all need God to be involved in every minute of our lives. These Christians need to stop standing proud and speaking about others in judgment and instead, get on their knees and speak to God about them in prayer.
- And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?—Matthew 7:3
Through habit we speak in shame!
It’s shocking to hear the vocabulary used by some who profess to be Christians. They take pride in telling everyone what a great Christian they are, but they reveal their true heart through the words they speak. Some of them have the motor-mouth of an angry worldly sinner who pulls no punches in their choice of profane words. Others find no shame in discussing sexual immoralities, telling filthy jokes or gossiping about others. God tells us that we are to come out of the world and no longer desire the things of sin, and that includes training the mouth to speak only on things that edify.
- Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.—2 Corinthians 6:17
Since our words stem from our thoughts, the best way to overcome the issue of speaking is to train our thoughts and we do that by studying the Bible and filling our mind with only the things of God. And the tongue will eventually speak only what’s in our thoughts.
- For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.—1 Corinthians 2:16
Jesus said in Matthew 15:11 that it’s not what we eat that defiles us, but what comes out of our mouth that defiles us. We do have control over the tongue when we surrender everything to Christ and then strive to be like Him. And we begin by filling our thoughts with His words through studying the Bible and letting God’s words renew our mind.
- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.—Philippians 4:8
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