Purity – Part 3 – Purity in Speech
For the girl’s small group we have been talking about what purity means. We determined that the Bible defines purity as a calling to live a holy life in our actions, hearts, and minds. This also includes our speech. This topic of speech is what the girls and I covered in the last meeting we had and couple of weeks ago. Here was our lesson:
Nothing is more harmful to the Body of Christ than gossip, lies, and hurtful speech. So let’s take a look at what God has to say about our speech:
- Matthew 15:11 – “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
- James 3:3-12 – “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell . All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
- Take a minute to think about all of the comments you made toward or about your peers, family, or even strangers. How many of those comments were kind and gentle? How many of those comments were rude, snippy, sarcastic, or hateful?
- Our tongues are the most powerful muscles we have. Our words can hurt more than any physical pain. Hateful, rude comments stay with a person. They burrow into our self-esteem and make us fell less than.
- Ephesians 4:29 – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
- As the Body of Christ we should help build each other up. We should encourage one another when we are down. We should not tear each other down with unwholesome talk (that includes gossip and mean words). Let’s keep this in mind as we live as a witness to our friends.