“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:10
We attended a small church when we were first married, and were taught a lot of important things there that have helped us tremendously. We learned how to serve in the ministry, and we were given opportunities that we would not have been given elsewhere. I was made a deacon at the young age of 24, and I definitely was not ready. I was by far the youngest deacon the church had, and most of the men in the group were well into their 70s.
I admired these men because of their desire to serve the Lord and the godly example they were. They were quite patient with me and helped me learn how church service works. I tried not to say much and I really enjoyed my role. One of the jobs we had was to participate in the Lord’s Supper. We would prepare the bread trays and pour the grape juice into the tiny cups. We would then pass out the bread and juice during the Lord’s Supper. We all had our position of where we were to sit, and this was a time to be taken seriously. The teenagers that attended the church sat in the front row and they were two feet from where we sat. The Lord’s Supper began solemnly as usual, and then something quite unexpected happened.
We started to remove the bread trays from the communion table at the front to pass out when a tray slipped out of one the deacons' hand. The tray fell right in front of the teens and the bread was all over the floor. The moment the plate fell, the deacon clearly and loudly said, “ Oh s...!” There was a gasp that could be felt more than heard, and everyone's mouth seemed to drop to the floor. The teens tried to contain their giggles, and the elder shook his head and put the bread back into the tray. There was no denying what he had said, and he never attempted to make an excuse or even discuss it further. I was shocked beyond belief and the pastor did not know what to say. The teens still talked about that incident several years after the deacon went on to be with the Lord, and I know I will not soon forget that day.
The Bible tells us that it is important what comes out of our mouth. We should not be discussing the things of God out of one side while discussing wickedness out of the other. Our mouth should be consistently honoring and glorifying to God, and a clean heart will produce a clean mouth. We sometimes drop trays, or hit our finger with a hammer, but it is no excuse to sin. I struggled with profanity for many years and God has brought great conviction upon my heart and speech. My heart will be revealed by my mouth, and the slip-ups are only because that is what is in my heart. Matthew 15:18 states, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”
What does your mouth reveal about you? Does cursing come out of your mouth? Are you known by the blessings that come out of your mouth or are you known by your cursing? Do you speak ill of others, or are you known as a complainer? Are others' lives changed for the better or for the worse because of what comes out of your mouth? May God have control of our heart and may our prayer be Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Stay in the fight!