You know the phrases, I’m sure:
Ugh, why do I always do this?
What is wrong with me?
You don’t ever handle that situation well.
That was a silly thing to say.
I wish I didn’t feel this way.
Maybe you hear them often in a friend or family member. Maybe they slip from your mouth daily.
I found myself in this spot, but adding (misplaced) feelings of shame or guilt. Not helpful or healthy.
And certainly not what God desires of or for me. But it was a habit, one that didn’t seem too crazy or bizarre.
But, like they do so often, Jesus’ words pierced this normal.
“Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Matthew 15:11
Hear and understand, Chelsea, what comes out of your mouth is serious business.