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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Out of the Mouth

May 4

(Matthew 15:10-20 NIV) ""Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. {11} What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'" {12} Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?" {13} He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. {14} Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." {15} Peter said, "Explain the parable to us." {16} "Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked them. {17} "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? {18} But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' {19} For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. {20} These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.'""

(Romans 12:1-2 NIV) "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. {2} Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."

It’s not what we eat that makes us unclean -- it’s what we spit up. Jesus taught that what comes out of our mouth is more important than what we put into it. What comes out of our mouth betrays what is really inside our heart. Profession of faith rings hollow when our mouth causes harm.  “Diarrhea of the mouth” is a common malady in Christian circles and includes more than just profanity. The church is often a hotbed of gossip as we lash and even slay others with our tongues. Lying and slander are not simple misdemeanors in the eyes of God. They are listed with adultery, theft, and murder as a felony sins. They prove that we are still “unclean” on the inside. If we want to change what comes out of our mouth, we must change what’s inside our heart, and allow God’s Spirit to renew our mind. If we let God clean up our heart, we’ll do better at cleaning up our mouth. Ask for His help today. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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