Field Stone Cottage Blog

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Healthy Mouth

I had my teeth cleaned recently and the dental hygienist was talking about the connection between oral health and cardiac health. Since its pretty hard to be a part of the conversation with her working in my mouth, I was left to ponder what she said on my own. The verse that came to my mind was from Matthew 12:

34b For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

When I got home, I looked up a few more:

Psalm 49:3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Matthew 15:18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.'

Romans 15:5-6 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

These verses all indicated to me the connection between the mouth and the heart when it comes to spiritual health. Why would I not think that our Creator God would link the physical health of our mouths and hearts as well?


ellen b. said...

I love where you went with what you heard in the dental chair. Love these great verses and want to ponder them and check my heart and mouth!!

John said...

Great illustration. I covet the ability to find spiritual lessons in every day events.

Dorothy said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Ellen and John.

Elle said...

Nothing but smiles here, too. The connection is clear, I ache when my obedience is less direct. Now, as God sanctifies my heart, let my mouth's fruit be sweet to the hearers.