We live in a world where profanity and vulgarity of speech abounds; there are times when the ears of my heart feel assaulted and defiled by the brash indecency around me. Have you had that experience? It can seem almost impossible to avoid the lewdness and innuendos of the 21st century and it becomes easy to think we are the only generation for which such ‘filthiness’ exists. Not so! The letters of the apostle Paul often urge us to ‘put away’ the obscenities that mark out the world system; it is an ever-present problem. How I praise Yahweh for the self-respect and dignity that attaches to salvation, and for the moral courage that supports us as we make a stand. And make a stand we must!
The scripture tells us that sweet and bitter cannot flow from the same source. I must maintain my inner person so that the sweetness of Yahshua’s grace, the tenderness of His love, the purity of His heart will hallmark everything that flows from my mouth. With my mouth I praise Yahweh, with my mouth I call on His Name. May He grant that I reflect Yahshua in everything I say but, most particularly, when the Name of Yahweh is on my lips.
…from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
James 3:10-11, NASV
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