There are hundreds, thousands, maybe even millions of articles, books and studies on how certain foods are unhealthy and others are very healthy for us. Because I have Parkinson’s I get many of these atticles emailed to me. I read most of them, and I make some adjustments in my diet as a result of some of them. I very much appreciate those who send them to me for their obvious love and concern for me.
Though I believe what we eat has some bearing on our health, I believe that what we speak out of our mouth has very much more impact on our emotional, spiritual, and physical health.
Matthew 15:11. It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
The Jewish people during the time of Christ had hundreds of dietary laws, and in the context of talking about those Jesus says these words in Matthew 15:12. “Defiles a man” obviously could just refer to his spiritual condition, but it seems to me in light of the context that Jesus is saying that the “defiling” is of the whole person, including his physical body. This verse is really quite profound, “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
What proceeds out of our mouth is our words. Our words have great power to give life or to tear down, to praise or to curse, to motivate or to discourage, to express love or hate. God created by speaking everything into existence, and we have been created in His image.
My words have great power, and I am resolved to control the words that come out of my mouth and speak only words that edifying and give grace both to myself and to others.