Have you ever tried to scoop a cup of water from a stream, and then separate the clean water from the dirty water? It can’t be done. A spring will produce only one kind of water. So too, the words of our mouths flow out of the springs of our hearts. A heart that is bitter and impure will produce curses that taint our words of blessing. Only a pure heart can produce pure words.
And we pray:
Lord, before I speak, examine my heart. Make me clean by the power of Jesus’ blood, and fill me with the grace of Your Spirit. Remove from me the impurities of hate, envy, guilt, and pride, so that all that remains in me is You. Flow through me when I speak, and supply my words so that they may be worthy of one called by Your name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.