Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives

mouthIt’s no secret that the words we say can make a difference.

The words we speak to others and to ourselves are powerful.  We are often speaking into reality something that was never there before.

I recently saw a public health message for kids regarding brushing teeth.  The tag line to the commercial was, “healthy mouths, healthy lives”.

I made a note because that tag line may be just what we need to understand today.  When our words are good, then that’s one indication our hearts are doing well.  Here’s what came to my mind:

1)  We need to fill our mouths with words of praise, gratitude and thanksgiving (Phil 4:8).

2)  We need to remember that by our words we are both saved or condemned (Matthew 12:36).

3)  We need to know the scripture that said, “nothing but gracious words came from Jesus’ lips” (Luke 4:22).

4)  We need to be reminded that our words of encouragement can make a huge difference (1 Thes 5:11).

5)  We need to adhere to letting our yes be yes and our no be no.  We have to be firm on commitments (Matt 5:37).

Out of the outflow of our heart comes our words (Lk 6:45).  What attitudes, anger and other symptoms of your heart need to be taken care of today so that your words are pure toward others.

Christians – we need to be kind with our words – to our families, to our co-workers and to the general public.  They will know we are his  disciples by our love (John 13:35).

Teens (and some adults) – we need to keep our language clean.  It really does no good at all to curse, swear and talk vulgar.  It’s beyond childish.  You don’t need to slip up accidentally.  You need someone to tell you to remove those words from your vocabulary.  You don’t need them and no one else does either.  So, shape up.  Clean up your language.  Stop it (Col 3:8).

Church – keep the words of gossip and complaint far away.  It doesn’t help anything.  Use your words wisely, carefully and lovingly (Phil 2:14 & 4:4).

When our words are pure, our lives are happier, stronger and make more impact.  Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives.

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 6:45

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