“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” Romans 3:13-14
Paul is emphasizing human speech, the tongue, lips and mouth. Jesus talks about the connection between words and character. “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) The sinner is spiritually dead by nature. “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.” (Ephesians 2:1-3) Therefore only death can come out of our mouth. The condemned mouth can become a converted mouth and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord. Our words are so important. Our words destroy or build up. Be careful about your words. Let Jesus speak the words of life through you.