Monday, November 14, 2011
Mark 7:15 "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man."
Why would Christ differentiate between what comes from without, (which goes into your belly and then is purged... and so on) and what comes from within (which deals with the heart)?
Our words matter, their content comes from within us. They have the ability to reveal an inner spirit, and as Christ says later in Mark 7, what comes out of us can reveal what is actually defiles. Our thoughts matter too (Mosiah 4:30). At some point we'll have to give an accounting of the words we've spoken, which are linked to the desires of our hearts (Alma 12:14). Our words can be used to condemn, to criticize, to injure, and to cause harm. We are taught that our words will condemn us (Alma 12:14). Our own words likely are a portion of the measuring stick that gets applied back onto ourselves (Matthew 7:1-2, Alma 41). This isn't necessarily a comforting thought. But....the Gospel always has the Perfect solution.
Our words can also be used to bless someone, to inspire, or to speak truth. The Lord can forgive our sins, he can put His Spirit within us through a rebirth. He has made ample provisions for our shortcomings, and knows all too well the inner issues of our hearts. When we come to Christ we find forgiveness, we find light, and a new life. So what do you do then? Same old same old? I don't think so. I think then our words are used to bless, to speak words of comfort, words of truth, and words that one would be happy to give an accounting of if ever called to do so.
I've been thinking the past few days about how we use our words. After all it's not what we consume or take in that defiles us (see above scripture). We get to choose the words we use. We can speak words of anger and darkness, or we can speak words of a blessing to someone, or words of light in a world that really needs it.
Repentance and the commandments are never just avoiding something, or exclusively refraining from something. It's doing something that brings light and joy to our soul and to God. It's fun, and refreshing. It brings light. Receiving light from God is fun. The Gospel is supposed to be a joy.