As we try to establish whether or not our own tongues need healing – let us take a look at Jesus – he is our example – he is the one we should measure ourselves against – not one another, not our spouses or our parents. We are called to judge our character and lifestyle against the character and lifestyle of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 45:1-2 says, ‘My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever.’
Notice that the first verse is about the psalmist – but that the following verses are about Jesus! What is the first thing the writer draws our attention to? He draws our attention to the ‘lips’ of Jesus! And why are Jesus’ lips recognizable and worthy of recognition? Because they have been anointed with ‘grace’. What can we learn about Jesus from these verses? We learn that Jesus’ grace is primarily manifest through his lips.
In John 7:45-46, we find a wonderful story which supports what the psalmist is saying: ‘Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared.’ It was the grace that poured out from Jesus’ lips that set him apart as someone special. It is no use trying to set yourself apart as a Christian if your tongue is left to its own devises. You are never going to be seen as set apart, by your family or friends, if your lips are not anointed with grace.
In the Song of Songs, Solomon refers to Jesus by saying, ‘Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely’ – The scarlet ribbon that Rahab put on the door of her house was a substitute for the blood of the lamb. The blood of the lamb was what the Israelites put on their doors in order to keep away the angel of death. The writer is telling us that the lips have been touched by the blood and have been made lovely – our words should always pass through the cleansing blood of Jesus, before being manifest.
Are your words cleansed by the blood of the lamb before they are released from your mouth? Do people notice that your lips are anointed with grace? Do people stop and say, ‘No one has ever spoken the way this person does’?
Can you recognize whether there is life or death in your words? Can you see that the way to assess what is going on in your heart is not by asking your mind what it thinks, but by taking a good look at what comes out of your mouth?
If your mouth speaks life, you will see life springing up in the people you speak to. If your mouth speaks death, you will see it in those you speak to.