Bad Breath

Proverbs 18:21 “Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.”

Isn’t it remarkable that you can often tell what someone has been eating by the aroma of their breath?  Sometimes that’s good and sometimes not.

I remember years ago, Patti and I had gone to a great Italian restaurant in the Disney Village. They actually served garlic cloves that had been roasted with olive oil as an appetizer to spread on Italian bread. We were in school at the time, so we actually inhaled it all. Every last clove of garlic.

garlicAfterward, we went down to the shops by the village. We caught people frowning at us and actually turning to walk away. At one point, we actually had a hard time getting someone to wait on us as we were looking at clothing. We didn’t think anything of it. Nobody said anything to us, and we seemed fine to each other.

After we left, we went to our daughter’s house to tell her how wonderful an evening we had. Upon  walking through her door, she put her hands over her face and asked what in the world had we been eating. She actually said that we could have warded off a local vampire with our breath!

Well, we had a great laugh, and then we went home and  brushed our teeth several times. We never could appreciate how unpleasant our breath was.

For us as Christians, we must be careful of what goes in our mouths and what comes out. Ultimately, it becomes our breath that will always give us away.

When we say bad things, it doesn’t escape us. Eventually our breath will give us away, and we will probably eat that one more time just like garlic. Ultimately, it will become the fruit of our words that will give us away, and, yes, to some extent, haunt us or others.

Today, be careful of your words. What comes out becomes the fruit that you will live with.
What we say can be a great blessing and serve the cause of Christ.

Have a blessed day!

~Dean Burnetti

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