Prayer Commitment for the

Week of February 17-February 23

‘Love with Your Mouth!
(Matthew 5:16)
With abrupt, abusive speech and inflammatory rhetoric at an all-time high, it’s easy to see why some say the strongest muscle in the human body is behind our teeth. Mother’s threat to wash out our mouths with soap and Grandmother’s advice to say something nice or nothing at all have all gone by the wayside! James, Jesus’ brother, warns us to be slow to speak because the tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. Jesus said it’s not what enters the mouth that defiles a man but what proceeds out of the mouth that comes from the heart that defiles a man. Because love is not only what we do but also what we say, emanating from the heart, let’s all be more mindful of the condition of our heart and watch our mouths, remembering we’ll have to give an account for every idle word spoken. We can follow King David’s example in petitioning the Lord to “create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”. We are powerless in fixing our own heart. Our Lord must do it. He then begins to fill our soul with His living water and that leads to an all over refreshing. Praise God! Just as in the beginning the Father brought forth light and life by His spoken Word, we can bring forth the Light and His life when we speak wholesome grace filled edifying words that uplift and benefit all who hear them.
Matthew 5:9; Colossians 3:15; Romans 15:13