Biblical Anatomy #12 - LIPS
Today we continue studying in the series called "Biblical Anatomy."
Anatomy - is the study of parts and structures of organisms.
What is "Biblical Anatomy" you might ask? It is the study of the structure of the Christian Body.
Today we focus on LIPS (In the previous Biblical Anatomy post we learned that the lips, along with tongue & teeth are part of the mouth):
Lips- "two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans
(they are organs of speech)".
The purpose of the human's lips is much more than just having a part in the eating process. The lips are vital to linguistics - forming our words. Then there is also expressions - what would a smile be like without lips? Also, making music - not just singing but whistling and using those same motions to play wind instruments. And then don't forget about kissing. The lips are multi-functional.
Let's turn our focus to Biblical lips - it boils down to two categories:
"Abomination" is such a strong word - it doesn't get much worse. (Abomination - abhorrence, disgust)(see verse below). I don't ever want my Lord God to be disgusted with me. The first verse below shows us how important it is to live a life of truth.
In the second verse above we learn that what really fills our heart will "roll off our lips". If we are wicked at heart, then our words and expressions will show that wickedness.
A few years ago I did a series on Psalm 119 and the Hebrew Alphabet. Verse 171 is especially perfect for this topic - "May our lips overflow with praise" to our Heavenly Father (click HERE to view "Psalm 119 - TAW Hebrew Alphabet")
The two verses below seem to belong together. Let me explain - when we have understanding that can only come from God, then His wisdom will overflow from our mouths. That "understanding" gives us wisdom to know when or when not to speak (thinking before "opening wide our lips")
“Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,"
“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction."
Actually, this third verse below adds even more to my point. Not only does wisdom help us in our timing of when to hold our words in or not, but also what words are "acceptable" to use for that situation.
“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse."
Finally, I really like the description in the verse below: "fruit of our lips." Just like the "fruit of the Spirit",our words can glorify God.
The tone, timing and quality of the words we use can be a witness to those around us.
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the
fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share,
for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."Hebrews 13:15-16
Let's praise our Heavenly Father with our lips because His lovingkindness is better than life!
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