Scripture tells us that if anyone can control their tongue, they are a perfect person. It is so easy to talk about things that don't concern us. Most people have an opinion about everything. We talk about what excites our hearts and consumes our time. We also talk about others, often detrimentally. Rather than speaking life, we condemn.
Scripture tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. The problem is we don't love ourselves. We don't love the person looking back at us in the mirror, created in God's image. We constantly degrade what God has made within ourselves and others.
What is in your heart will come out of your mouth. Have you ever been around someone who hardly spoke, yet when they opened their mouth, you were surprised at the bitterness within their heart?
What if the next time you look in the mirror and start to criticize what you see, you instead praise the God who made you? What if each time you are tempted to say things that are not uplifting about others, you say a prayer and begin praising God for them and asking God to draw them near to Him? What if, through speaking life over yourself and others, you experienced the love of Christ in a whole new way?
If we change the way we think about those (including ourselves) made in God's image, perhaps our hearts' passion will also change. Thus, from the abundance of your heart, words of love and life will flow.
James 3:2, Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 12:34, Philippians 4:6-7,
Psalm 150:6-7, John 6:44-51, Romans 12:2