On a day full of disappointments, aggravations, and you feel overheated as well, your temper may become short. Sometimes, even as believers, we almost blame God as we use words that are supposed to be scratched from our vocabularies.
In Proverbs 18:6 & 7:
“A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.” (life) This can apply to gossip as well as foul language.
But in Matthew 15:8 & 9: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” So, we are also taught that it is more than language which should glorify the Lord. We must worship and live from the heart and soul.
And then in Proverbs 13: 3 & 4:
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who open wide his lips comes to ruin. The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” So even if we are saved, we continue to live in the flesh which is directly opposed to God. He reminds us in scripture to remember who we are in Christ.
*So, what does God say about the law and the Believer? Galatians 3:12, 13 & 14:
“But the law is not of faith, rather, the one who does them shall live by them. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hanged on a tree”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised spirit through faith.”
We have been redeemed! We have been given His Word! We have the power of the Holy Spirit! We are free to worship!
In these troubled times, we must remember that God is calling and reminding us of who we are and what we have been given. The flesh will trip us up and then we will turn around and somehow blame God when things do not go our way…
I am thinking of a wonderful song that I used to listen to in the past, called, “Be Ye Glad”.
“Oh, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad,
Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord,
Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad.”