Words from the Heart for Sunday October 6th, 2019
Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
Zephaniah 3:9 (NIV)
Earlier this year, a Research Co. survey found that almost two-thirds of Canadians – 64% witnessed someone swearing in public. The poll was an early effort to look at the state of manners in our country and pinpoint some regional and generational differences. 68% of Canadians say they hear swear words “frequently” or “occasionally” when they are talking with friends, and slightly more than half when talking with strangers, relatives, and co-workers.
The words that come out of our mouths clearly shows what is in our hearts. So God changes our hearts and then He touches our lips so that we can speak up on His behalf. Isaiah experienced this in the sixth chapter of his book, and Zephaniah speaks about it in Zephaniah 3:9: “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder.” The words spoken by those not yet redeemed by Christ can be vulgar and hateful. Just read the comments after articles online and you will find anger, threats and bullying. It is so bad that some newspaper websites no longer allow comments. God wants to change the hearts of people so that our lips will speak to others with the grace and peace of Christ, drawing others to Him so that they can call upon His name too. What words come out of your mouth? Are they first of all words of faith in the Lord Jesus, and then words that glorify Him and draw others to the living God? If not, ask the Lord to purify your lips. He will do so, starting with changing your heart.
These have been words from the heart.