A Devotional Thought for May 18, 2016:

The words of fallen man are full of secret poison.

Their tongues sting like a snake; the venom of a viper drips from their lips. (Psalm 140:3 NLT)

“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” (Romans 3:13 NLT)

One of the earliest signs of human depravity is sinful speech.

…they go astray from birth, speaking lies. (Psalm 58:3 ESV)

Christ taught that our speech reveals our heart, and God will judge our spiritual condition in part by the patterns of our talk.

You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:34-37 NLT)

Examine how you talk to people, praying that God will reveal to you any pride, sexual lust, greed, sinful anger, hatred, and lying.

How does the way we talk to each other show that we need Jesus Christ to save us from sin?

-Reformation Heritage Study Bible (adapted by Pastor Michael Edwards)