Summary: We, as Christians, need to guard our tongues.
There are several ways that people use to decide what kind
of individual another person is.
A. I am not saying that all of these are valid....indeed,
I do believe that a few of these measurements do
not......accurately....indicate a person’s worth.
1. Valid, or invalid......however.....the world
judges you and me......and everybody else.....
by this criteria.
a. How one is dressed.
1.) Neat or sloppy.
2.) Expensively or poorly.
3.) With or without tears, stains, or
4.) Clean or dirty.
b. A person’s personal hygiene.
1.) Hair combed.
2.) Breath smells badly or not.
3.) Visibly dirty or clean.
4.) Body odor.
c. How this person behaves.
1.) With dignity or with none.
a.) As a gentleman or a lady....or
2.) Rudely or politely.
d. How one speaks.
1.) With nasty, dirty, foul language...or
with clean, wholesome words.
2.) With jokes and stories that would
shock or those that would edify, in
3.) With bad grammar or properly.
4.) Coarsely.....using words that are on
the edge of acceptability, or in
good, clear, clean, and wholesome
We can make the claim of being a child of God.....a born-
again believer......a saint.......a Christian................we can
make the claim, but how do we show the unsaved world
that this is real and true?
A. The world will not be able to judge you by your
1. If they thought that they could......probably
they would come to the wrong conclusion.
B. Personal hygiene certainly can be a determining
factor when those people in the world (and even
in the Church) chose their friends.....but it
can never prove to someone whether a person is
or is not a Christian.
C. How a person behaves can......to some degree,
tell a lot about a person.
1. We must remember, however, that many
people are known to play games in this area.
a. We call them hypocrites.
1.) That person acting a bit silly....may
yet be a solid Christian.....in good
standing with God.
a.) While that person behaving in
pious and sanctimonious
way.......may be the biggest
hypocrite on the face of the
D. What about how one talks?
1. Scripture states, quite plainly.......that how
one speaks will, most certainly, reveal what
is in one’s heart.
a. Not on every occasion of utterance....but
when that person lets down his/her
guard.....then we get a view of that heart.
1.) Impure, coarse, rude, and ungodly
thoughts and intents start to take
the shape of words.
Matt. 5:8 - 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall
Now.....I link this verse to some others.....and I learn that
the heart is the repository of, not only our thoughts and
intents.......it is a repository of our very salvation.......
read with me:
James 2:12 - So speak and so do as those who will be
judged by the law of liberty.
Matt 12:35-37 - 35“A good man out of the good treasure
of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of
the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36“But I say to
you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give
account of it in the day of judgment. 37“For by your words
you will be justified, and by your words you will be