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The Tongue The Heart And The Hands (Part 3) By Rev. Charity Sephus

LIVING BY FAITH means consecrating the tongue, heart, and hands. God performed miracles through his speech, thoughts and the touch of his hands. We too can realize a new dimension to our speech, thoughts, and activities.  The goal is to keep an eternal perspective overall. Should we tame our tongue or train the tongue to speak words from heaven’s vocabulary? Well, it’s a grand choice proven indubitably productive.

God’s tongue spoke the world into existence. His words never return to him void: on the contrary, it will accomplish and prosper in the thing for which he sent it. (Isa. 55:11)  

One great personal incentive is in Psalm 119:11 which says, “Thy word, have I hidden in my heart, as a reminder not to sin against God.” Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart because everything you allow in comes out of it.” Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” It even feels personal to meditate on God’s wonderful words which warm my heart, instead of the constant threat of evil heard on the news.

In passion, God promised peace to all. He has created the fruit of our lips and he will make them blossom anew with a speech in thankful praise. God’s promises are not hidden from us if we study our bibles. In as much as the restless evil of the tongue is untamable by mankind, it is not impossible for God. So, let us pray, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

Proverb 12:25 connects the heart with encouraging words by saying that a good word makes the heart glad. At times we speak in haste then we cannot recall our words. A profitable practice is to think twice before speaking. We have the power and right to change our thoughts before our speech prevents us from attaining the recognition that we deserve. Do you sound like you know Jesus for real? Is slang unnecessary, and/or belittling? Some practices are tools keeping us beneath our God-given privileges to, “Love life and see good days by refraining our tongue from speaking evil, and our lips from speaking guile”. (1Peter3:10)

As children, we heard the story of Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial; and we thought they were awful. Do we betray or deny Christ in our speech, activities, or thoughts? Who talks filthy?  Who dares to be different? Do we speak guile or God’s words?  Is anyone ashamed of unkind malicious thoughts enough to change them before speaking?  

God is so great, giving us our fingerprints. We were not created to be exactly like anyone. Dare to be different! Let us place God’s words in our hearts; then consequently when we speak from our hearts, we speak life.

Dear Lord, Consecrate our tongues, hearts, and hands. Help us to be examples of good words, thoughts, and deeds. Amen