One of the best questions, I think, we can ask ourselves is this. What are the words and subjects that are coming out of our mouths more often than anything else? I don’t care if your a business owner, employee, family or friend.
“The good person out of good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 ESV
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14
“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3: 5-6 NIV
So do you think God knew just how dangerous our mouths can be? He gives us examples of the dangers of the fruit of our hearts. The dangers that our mouths and words can have. These are strong warnings to us and should be taken seriously.
So the question is. What is your fruit? Looking inward at ourselves we can sometimes see some bad fruit, times our words hurt someone very badly or a harsh word said in anger at a spouse. Those things happen I’m talking about the consistent talk or bad things, evil things, or even bad attitudes from a hard season your in. It happens, The difference in a Godly person and person playing the role is the heart. As a Godly man, I want to never say things that are not baring good fruit. I want to add to peoples lives not take from them. The fact is, I’m not always that good person and neither is anyone. We all struggle in life and in work. There are people in our lives that will test us. They will push and pull and hurt and destroy to get you to drop down to their level.
I remember reading a quote. “Never argue with a fool, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” -Mark Twain-
Boy is that true. Its easy to get baited and to jump in the mud with someone and verbally duke it out. Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when you need to take a stand on truth and not back down. Thats different than getting into a verbal battle only a fool gets into.
What I am getting at though is the importance that God puts on the power of our words and actions and how we are to use them or them us.
So what is your fruit? How do you speak to people, how do you treat people? Always being aware of the fruit that your producing in life is a very important thing because bad fruit can sneak in on you and be there with out you really noticing. Be aware of your moods and what causes those bad things to come out of your mouth. My dad always told me that words are important. You can say whatever you want in life, but you can never truly take anything back, once it leaves your mouth its gone never to be gotten back, it can only be forgiven and thats a hard one sometimes.
What’s your fruit in life right now?