Honestly Sweet Blessings

13 “Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, The poison of asps is under their lips; 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness” (Romans 3).

Throats, tongues, lips, mouths — these are indeed a huge problem for us.  We swallow falsehood whole, and poison the air with deceiving lies, cursing and bitterness.  Ouch!  James compares our speech with fire that burns down a forest (James 3:5-6) and says it is a restless evil, full of poison (James 3:8).

Instead of lies, we should be pouring out truth, blessing rather than cursing, and sweetness rather than bitterness.  The gospel itself is all of these rolled into one: it is the honest truth concerning our fallen condition and the remedy for it; it is the greatest blessing concerning the difference it makes in our lives; and it is the purest sweetness concerning how it makes us feel.

Lord, may our mouths This Day resound and our lives shine with the honestly sweet blessings of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  Amen.