Be generous with your mouth

Be generous with your mouth

Luke 11: 44 “Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.”

V41  But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.

Be generous with your mouth

Our experience of following Jesus is often filled with wonderful moments of revelation, of worship and wonder at who He is! His love and care for our lives overwhelms us. But there are times when we wonder just who it is we invited to dinner tonight! Jesus seems anything but polite. Offensive, challenging, he is anything but a fun guest. If our Jesus is not challenging to us like this then what Lordship is truly over us?

You are an unmarked grave!

The Law of Moses said that if anyone touched a grave in any way they were deemed ‘unclean’. The Pharisees would white wash tombs so that people could see them and not go anywhere near them.

Jesus’ accusation is that they are unwashed, unmarked graves. When the ordinary Jew hears from them it is like they have come into contact with the deceased and they become unclean. The influence of the Pharisee is hugely negative on the ordinary Jew. That’s what Jesus is saying.

Have you ever come away from that conversation and felt worse than going into it? Have you ever come away feeling small, shrunk in vision and hope? If so then that person is not generous in their heart nor their mouth. Be careful for you may just be walking over an unmarked grave and you may need the cleansing from Jesus.

But you can be different especially to those who are in need. You can be generous with your words and be a huge influence. Many can walk away from you better for being with you. Many can want to return. What comes out of your mouth is a huge factor in this.

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