In Matthew 15:11, Jesus warns, “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” To defile something is to pollute or ruin something, to make something dirty, to make a holy or sacred thing no longer fit for use. Jesus goes on to explain that words come from our heart and reveal what is really there. From a pure and loving heart come healing words, but from a heart that strays from God
come words that hurt and tear apart.
Words reveal your relationship with the Father. How we speak is a serious matter to Him. Words that defile us are not just bad language, but even more the intent of our words to harm or to help. Too often, I have found that I speak harmful words when I am hurting emotionally. Rather than putting a bridle on my tongue, I speak. I need to take a step back and pray about the situation, asking God for help in dealing with it. It only takes a few moments to pray, “God this hurts, but help me to speak from a pure heart, a heart that seeks to do your will.”