He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open His mouth.” Isaiah 53:7 (NLT)

There is no place for a follower of Christ, let alone leaders in the Body, to operate with a foul mouth! Our words bring life or they bring death. What comes out of your mouth reveals what is in your heart (Matthew 15:11). Our words release blessings and praise, as well as curses. James tells us that this thing called our tongue, though just a small part, can set a forest ablaze (James 3:1-12).

There is no place for those in the body of Christ to operate with manipulation or intimidation. Christ’s example was to humble Himself, to surrender and to not be offended. We are not to attack other body parts or bring accusation. When we do, we are siding with the devil, who is the accuser of the Body of Christ (Revelation 12:11).

Our words are to build up, comfort and encourage. Yes, we are to call out sin, but not with accusation, intimidation, manipulation or fear. We are told that in our “anger” do not sin (Ephesians 4:26-27, Psalm 4:4). If you operate from the place of fleshly anger you are sinning! In Jesus’ righteous anger, He turned over the tables in the Temple (Luke 19:45-46). In Jesus’ anger, He rebuked the Pharisees with some pretty strong words (Matthew 23). The word He used was “woe” which means extreme sadness, grief and/or suffering! But His heart was right with His Father, and I cannot imagine, at all, that foul words ever came out of His mouth! So, they should never come out of ours!!!

Isaiah when confronted with God’s holiness acknowledged his unclean lips (Isaiah 6:5). May we become more aware of our unclean lips, of our language, of our unwholesome words. We are told to not even allow course jesting to be a part of our life (Ephesians 5:4). This means we are not to talk vulgar, rude, sexually explicit, indecent, suggestive or lewd. Instead we are to seek to keep our thoughts and words pure before the Lord and men!

Even when He was being unjustly treated, abused and tortured, no guile came from His lips! So why do so many in the Body of Christ think it is ok to cuss, curse, manipulate, intimidate and operate out of anger, even if it is in the hidden place where the public does not see? By the way, God does see, and we will be accountable for every word that comes from our mouths (Matthew 12:36-37).

Lastly, PLEASE do not follow a leader whose mouth is foul in any way, because it is revealing what is truly in his heart!!! And by his example he may pull you into the same place of defilement and deception! Paul exhorted Timothy as a leader (along with several other qualities) to be self-controlled, gentle, hospitable and teachable and definitely not violent, nor quarrelsome (1 Timothy 3:2-3).

Pray with David, “May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to You O LORD” (Psalm 19:14). Ask God to reveal in you all perverse thoughts and words. Ask Him to purify your lips as He did Isaiah. Ask Him to grant you the grace to remain silent, even in the presence of your accusers, as Jesus did. Plead with Him that there would be no cussing or even a hint of coarse jesting coming out of your mouth. Declare that you will be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19). Ask God to empower your words to bring life and blessing to all who hear today! And pray that God to purify your pastor’s heart and guard his lips, that he would be a man worth following!!!