04.20.2014. Deacon Says: A Blog by Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Stick out your tongue

One of the first things that a doctor says when he examines a patient is, “Let me see your tongue.” It is often possible to make a diagnosis just by looking inside a person’s mouth. Some diseases can be detected by the tongue’s appearance.

This is even truer as a test of spiritual health. A person’s speech reveals what is going on inside. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt. 12:34).

The apostle Peter, on the night that Jesus was arrested made the mistake of opening his mouth. When he spoke one of the bystanders recognized his dialect and said, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you” (Mt. 26:73). Although he tried to deny their accusations, his speech revealed who he really was.

Our speech tells much about us. Our accents indicate the country or region from which we came. Our words reveal education or refinement or the lack of it. Our topics of discussion point to our chief interests in life, because we talk about the things that we love most. And our conversation reveals our eternal destination, travelers to heaven will speak “the language of Glory,” while travelers to hell will speak “The language of the pit.”

What is your tongue saying about you?

A Word From Our Mouth Speaks Volumes About Our Heart.

On the Battlefield,
Deacon Bruce