You are what you say.
There’s no doubt about it. It’s an absolute. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45) In other words, what comes out of me is the surest indication of what’s inside of me. This is a basic Christian truth, but we ignore it constantly. We think our tongues are toys, instead of weapons, and we think our words don’t matter as much as our actions. But God says it ain’t so.
Jesus put it this way; “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit … A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:43-45) Let me invite you to look around your world and test everyone you see by what they say. Do you know someone who swears casually? Watch out. Are you close to someone who gossips? Be careful. Is there someone who has an opinion about everything and is angry at everyone? Beware. The Bible says that the tongue is a world of evil and is set on fire by Hell (James 3:6). Yikes! Strong words. But the tongue can be a priceless tool for good, as well – “The soothing tongue is a tree of life.” (Prov 15:4) When I was a boy, my Grandpa used to tell me that all the bad guys wear black hats. He was wrong, of course. But what a hat can’t tell you, a person’s language will. So let me invite you to watch your mouth, and see what happens to your soul when you do. I’ll see you on Sunday. Be true!