There is a story about a man who became so frustrated that he blurted out, “I fool so feelish”. What he said does not make much sense, but most folks can figure out what he meant to say.

We also can be guilty of saying one thing and meaning something else. We might be like the man in this case who simply mixed up his words. But sometimes we may say something entirely different from what we know to be true because we want to deceive someone.

The prophet Ezekiel tells us about people who came to hear the word of the Lord and said all the right things, but did not mean what they said. God was not fooled, and He told Ezekiel, “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness”.

The Lord Jesus was quoting Isaiah when he told the people, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Talk can be deceiving. Many people say how much they love God, but then by their actions and teachings they prove that they really don’t. We need to make sure that we not only talk the talk but that we walk the walk, and that our talk and walk are in harmony with each other.

While we don’t want to use loving words or speak of lofty goals falsely, it also is important to be careful that our speech is good rather than evil. In fact, Jesus tells us that it is not what we eat and take into our body that defiles us but what comes out of us, in our spoken word: “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man”.

Jesus also warns us that, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned”.

Solomon has much to say about our mouths. “Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.” He contrasts the mouth of the righteous, with the mouth of the wicked by saying, “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked”.

Listening to how someone talks can hep us to determine what is inside him. Jesus tells us that “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh”.

The computer acronym GIGO, which means garbage in, garbage out, applies to more than just computers. If we put the wrong things into our minds, then wrong things are going to come out of our mouth. In fact, how can it be otherwise? How can we ever expect spiritual words to come from our lips when no spiritual thoughts have been first put into our minds? It is important for us to make sure that we feed our mind with the right kind of thoughts in order for the right kind of words to come out.

Let us avoid fooling so feelish by choosing our words carefully. When we speak of godliness, let us act on our words. David sums it up for us when he says, “I said I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.” Let us fill our minds with the kind of thoughts that are true, honest, just and pure, and then let us act on these good thoughts so that what we say and do will reflect a godly spirit. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”