Forward Friday: Watch that Mouth!

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile. How are you? What have you been up to? I’d love to hear in the comments. I’m gearing up to do something new. It’s called Forward Fridays. Each Friday, I’ll share a small devotion, a forward-thinking challenge, and a forward prayer with you. Because let’s be honest, no one should be moving backward spiritually! So let’s get on it with it, shall we?

“Sshh! My Mom or Dad might hear.” Ever tell someone that growing up? I did. I can also remember watching my mouth at church, in front of my grandma, and around my parents. But away from them, the things I said weren’t always pretty.

My parents had standards on what kind of talk could come from our mouths and when it was anything but acceptable, we knew! I can’t remember ever having soap shoved in between my gums, but I bet some of you may have.

This morning I was reading Ephesians 5:3-5: “…Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style…” MSG

In the NKJV, the word is “foolish talk” and I had to wonder exactly what is foolish talk, because I can say all sorts of ridiculous things. So I headed to find the Greek word. It’s mōrologia and it comes from a compound word made up of: mōros which means impious (irreverent or godless) and legō (this has nothing to do with those tiny plastic devil-made toys that kill your feet in the night) which means to point out with words, to intend, to speak, to call…

Not too long ago, my daughter facetimed a friend while I was in the room. The minute her friend answered, my daughter yelled, “My mom is here. My mom is here!” She didn’t even lead in with, “Hey.”

The Lord reminded me of this scenario this morning and His words to my heart were: She didn’t want you to be offended by what her friend might say. She respects you. But I still hear. I’m still offended. And my heart wept. Because I’m guilty of this. I might say something in front of one person that I wouldn’t say in front of another. But God still hears. And it still might offend Him! It still might disrespect Him. Maybe you’re guilty of this too.

The good news is, God’s mercy is new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). He’s not holding a grudge and planning on smiting us for being irreverent or disrespectful. But He is offering grace and He does expect us to get ahold of ourselves, repent and not do it again. Grace isn’t tolerance. Grace isn’t a license to keep sinning. It’s a humbling reason to repent and honor God.

Forward Friday Challenge: The challenge to myself and to you this morning is to be consistent in your speech. If you wouldn’t gossip, make a snide comment, tell an inappropriate joke in front of say a pastor or a particular friend who might be offended, then don’t say it to anyone. Because either way, God hears and let’s honor Him. Be reverent.

Forward Prayer: Lord, you are worthy to be revered and glorified. Help us through the power of your Holy Spirit to think before we speak and that what we say is always respectful to You.

Forward Scripture: “…Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.” Ephesians 5:3-5 MSG

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Forward Friday: Watch that Mouth!

  1. This is so good, Jessica! Thank you for sharing. Yes, if we can’t say something in front of one person we do not need to be saying it in front of another person. Gossiping is one of those things. If you have to watch who you say something to, you don’t need to be saying it. I’m still working on this. It’s easier to gossip when you’re with friends who know what’s going on, but that doesn’t mean you should. Thank you for this lesson today!

     
     
    1. Jessica R. Patch

      You are so right. It is easy to slip into it. Before you know it, you’ve said more than you ought to. I think we’re all works in progress! Thanks for stopping by!

       
       
  2. Susan Snodgrass

    Amen! Most of us fail the Lord at some point in this area. There are so many scriptures about guarding our tongues, especially in Psalms and Proverbs. I love that you are doing a devo, Jessica. I’m here!

     
     
    1. Jessica R. Patch

      Thank you, Susan! I’m thrilled you’re joining me! And you are so right. There are many great verses about the tongue. I should cover them all!

       
       
  3. Jackie Smith

    Jessica, I am excited about your new plans…..devos on Friday, etc. Of course, I am excited about your books, too. I just heard of you recently so that is what I have been doing lately…..reading all your books to date! Loved them all!

     
     
    1. Jessica R. Patch

      I am so glad you’re enjoying the books! That makes my heart smile. I’m pretty excited to be back blogging!

       
       
  4. The biggest issue I ever had with my mouth was talking about another person. I wasn’t a big gossip, but I had one friend who I liked to just unload everything. She heard everything. Including my frustrations with other people.

    The two of us had one mutual person who drove us both crazy and we often spoke about the latest exploits of that person. One day, we were doing our usual and that person came walking around the corner and asked a question for more detail abut what one of us had just said. The entire conversation had been heard.

    It was incredibly embarrassing and we had no defense. We were caught and we knew it. The person we were talking about is STILL a part of my life 15 years later and my mind still goes back to that day. I have apologized many times because I recognize how wrong it was.

    That day was a turning point for me. Any negative thoughts I have about anyone now stay inside my head.

     
     
    1. Jessica R. Patch

      I think it speaks a lot to that person and their ability to forgive and be gracious. We need more of that!

       
       

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