Abundance, an overflow, a whole lot of something that is stored in the heart, will come out of the mouth. If a lot of love is stored in the heart (from years of practicing a love for others), then love will be felt and seen by others. The same holds true for cuss words and insults if they are practiced. A person’s mouth will reveal the contents of the heart without the communicator being aware of what’s being transmitted.
One day I was shocked by the cuss words that came out of the mouth of a new co-worker. It seemed that every other word was something foul. I learned that this kind of talk came natural for him. A couple months later I was so tired of hearing him cuss that I took a chance and interrupted him. I got in his face and looked him square in the eyes and said: “You have a very limited vocabulary.” There was no question that he was surprised. He was speechless.
The good that came from this is that from that moment on, he worked on trying to eliminate some of the words from his speech, especially when he knew I was around. The habit was so strong that he could not help himself and when he caught himself saying these words, he apologized, adding that he didn’t know why he cussed.
This man probably grew up in an environment of cussing relatives and friends. He was surprised when I spoke to him because no one had called it to his attention before, and he did not get upset about what I said to him.
On the other hand, there are people in the world who would have rejected my complaint and resolved within themselves to cuss that much more whenever the opportunity presented itself–especially in my presence.
To be in charge of what comes out of the mouth is to be consciously aware of what is communicated to someone else. To maintain control of one’s communication may require giving up things like certain TV shows, movies, internet and anything remotely related to pornography and such.
The heart not only plays a major role in life, but it’s like a dictionary of our vocabulary where it stores up as many words as we can remember. And the collection of words ought not be offensive to anyone.
We are the keepers of our own mouth and tongue; nobody else can keep them for us. We have the choice to exercise self-control over the mouth. We should not say whatever we feel like saying. Sometimes we want to sock-it-to somebody because of what they said or did, but we should not.
Words can build us up or tear us down; speak love or speak hate; breathe hope into the body or discourage the heart; speak fresh clean thoughts into the mind or corrupt what is good; feed the soul or starve enthusiasm; speak a challenge or speak avoidance; speak war or speak peace; speak blessings or speak curses; speak healing or speak illness; speak deliverance or speak bondage. Words have the power to change our destiny; they also have the power to render something invaluable; and they even have the power to kill pysically, mentally, and spiritually.
Great care should be taken when we choose words that come out of our mouths because someone will be affected by them. And in the end, we will all be held accountable for every single one of them that proceeds from our own mouths.
Seeing more clearly,