Be careful what you say
By Rev. Battello
Jesus tells his disciples not to be so concerned about what they eat but to be concerned about what they say. He says what we eat is eliminated from our bodies but what we say comes from our hearts and this can make us unrighteous. Jesus says that things like, “evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander” come from out of our hearts and make us impure.
We’d all like to think we don’t speak from this part of our hearts to others but very often we do. When we try to set ourselves up as better than others, or we fail to tell the truth, or repeat unfounded rumors, we speak from thoughtlessness or even from an intention to harm others.
Jesus believed that we need to focus our hearts on following the way he showed us and to speak to others in such a way that they know we are following him and are speaking from our heart of love and not from the impure things that also live in our hearts. Speaking in love means we don’t speak disrespectfully to others, even when we don’t agree with them. It means that when we give voice to our hearts it will be from Christ’s love and our intent to let that love impact others. No matter how hard it is, if we all would stop speaking to others as if they don’t matter to God, and speak as if they, like us, are humans made in God’s image, perhaps they would then believe us when we tell them that God loves them and wants a relationship with them.
Let us commit to speaking to others from our hearts that have the love of Christ in them. Even if others don’t speak to us this way, we need to speak in love to them. Don’t worry, God will help you live into this way of speaking and loving others - you don’t have to do it alone.