Joyce Meyer - The Mouth
Nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it might be a blessing and give grace to all those who hear it. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
Now, I believe that the things that we say can bless God and put a smile on His face, or I do believe that when we say things that are harmful and hurtful to either other people or to ourselves that it does grieve the Holy Spirit.
And because the Holy Spirit lives in us... Please realize right now that there's not one of you, there's two of you. Jesus lives on the inside of you, and so you're never alone. And if He's grieved, since He lives in you, you're going to feel and I'm going to feel that grief.
Now, I don't know what you think, but I've kinda learned by experience that I can increase or decrease my own joy just by how I talk. Anybody agree with that? You can just talk yourself into being miserable or you can actually help yourself and make yourself better.
Now, we were talking at the break about how sad it is that so many people know so little about the power of words and how their words not only affect the people around them, but how they affect themselves, and also how our words affect our future. I believe that we can kill God's good plan for our life just by continual wrong talking.
Now, we all say things that are wrong, and thank God for mercy, and He covers us in our mistakes and we can be forgiven, but to just be a negative person who always finds the fault and the flaw in everything and always finds what's wrong with people, I mean, it's gonna leave you very sour and unhappy, and it's gonna really hurt your future.
Now, I'm just gonna assume that nobody here is like that. But we're just gonna call this like an insurance policy today. I just wanna preach this message just in case you ever would be tempted to be like that, that maybe you'd remember this. And I was not kidding when I said I was gonna preach to myself.
You know, I am a talker, and the more people talk, the more likely they are to get into trouble. Sometimes I'm just jealous of those nice, quiet people. Now, I don't know what's going on inside them, and that can also be a huge problem, but God has to deal with me frequently about my words.
And I've come a long way, but I'll tell you one thing that I never want to be is so satisfied to the point where I don't think that I need to change anymore.
Now, any time that God shows me a fault or a flaw in my life, it does not condemn me. And I wanna encourage you, when God shows you things that are wrong in your life, or your behavior, or when He chastises you for something, do not let it condemn you.
Conviction from the Holy Spirit is a totally different thing than condemnation from satan. And a lot of times what we do is when the Holy Spirit convicts us, which is a good and a positive thing, and the Bible says that God chastises those whom He loves.
When God shows us that we should not do something or that something we're doing is wrong, it's actually an act of His love. Thank God He won't just leave you alone in your mess and let you stay the same.
The worst thing that God could ever do would be just never convict us again and just leave us alone and let us stay the way that we are. But it's a big mistake when the Holy Spirit convicts you to then get condemned, because the moment that you get condemned, you hinder yourself from any kind of change or spiritual growth.
So, anything I say today is not unto condemnation. When God deals with me about things like this, I just take it like, "Well, I must need this". And there's some areas in our life that we will have to hear over, and over, and over, and over until Jesus comes back to get us. And one of those things is our mind, another one is the mouth, and another one is attitude.