All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. Proverbs 8:8
How’s your tongue these days? I recall back in the day my mother threatened to wash my mouth out with soap because of some of the language I and my brother were using.
Why soap? Well, supposedly it cleans the dirt, but more importantly, it makes it so that you never want to say what you just said ever again. Ever. Never.
The threat was as good as the actual deed. Never again did she have to warn me.
We chuckle mainly because we had parents and grandparents who threatened us with the same punishment (and some of those threats might have been carried out).
As we grew older we fell into bad habits. Some of those habits have carried over into our Christian life. But as the years go on, our speech deteriorates once again. We become influenced by television and friends. We don’t excuse ourselves when we sense a raunchy joke in the making. We laugh at things we should be weeping at.
Perhaps we should back up a bit and take a good look at our tongue and how we use it.
Others are watching our every word and deed. And whether we like it or not, they are judging our faith by how we conduct ourselves.