“So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life. Avoid dishonest speech and pretentious words. Be free from using perverse words no matter what!”Proverbs 4:23-24 TPT
People stumble and fall, and when those in a public platform do it … it brings reproach on the church and Gospel they represent. Church, the language of the Gospel Music star used towards his son should NEVER cross our lips! That is not the behavior we should exemplify, EVER!!!!!! If you think all church leaders are hypocrites because of actions of some, I want to let you know… there are people who live above reproach, no matter what others may say.
Just one example I know well – I have been around my father for 35 years this year. Even when our behavior as kids was not godly, even when we went through seasons of rebellion and sin, even when we fell BIG and pushed our parents to the brink…. I have NEVER heard my father use the language or threats I heard in the clip that was used towards the son by his father. No, none of us are perfect and we make mistakes, tempers can flair, etc… but the fact that language of that nature so easily rolled off the tongue of a man who is a minister of the Gospel in a heated moment IS and SHOULD BE disturbing. If your tongue is unbridaled and you curse, use racial slurs towards those in your home, threaten their lives in anger “I’m gonna kill you!…. I’m gonna break your neck…..” etc…. you NEED to really look inward and inspect your heart, your life, and the image you are presenting to others, including the very gifts God gave you – this includes Bio, Step, and adopted children!!!! No matter how bad the rebellion, no matter how angry it makes you, our response should ALWAYS be a mirror image of God’s response. How did God respond to rebellion? The Book of Hosea, John 3:16, and the Story of the Prodigal Son paint a clear picture.
The Bible says that the words of our mouth are an overflow of what’s in our heart, when people (even family) prick you, anger you, injure you, hurt you…. PROFANITY and hateful words should NEVER be the overflow from the abundance of you’re heart, if they are you need to check up on some things and get in the WORD! Our lives are an overflow of what we put inside, I don’t even share memes with language in them on my social media, because I want to maintain purity and live above reproach in EVERY area of my life, privately and publicly. The world is watching and integrity is who you are when you think no one is watching. Church, we need to stop living for ourselves, excusing our failures, and really dig down deep to uproot the unclean things in our lives that go against the Kingdom we are called to be ambassadors of and the truth we are called to carry! It’s time for a true revolution in the Church… it is time to rise above and live above the conditions, behaviors, and culture of this world!
“People are known in this same way. Out of the virtue stored in their hearts, good and upright people will produce good fruit. But out of the evil hidden in their hearts, evil ones will produce what is evil. For the overflow of what has been stored in your heart will be seen by your fruit and will be heard in your words. “What good does it do for you to say I am your Lord and Master if what I teach you is not put into practice? Let me describe the one who truly follows me and does what I say. He is like a man who chooses the right place to build a house and then lays a deep and secure foundation. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it continues to stand strong and unshaken through the tempest, for it has been wisely built on the right foundation. But the one who has heard my teaching and does not obey it is like a man who builds a house without laying any foundation whatsoever. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it will immediately collapse and become a total loss. Which of these two builders will you be? ””Luke 6:45-49 TPT