We cannot make our hearts or tongues clean or purify our tongues or souls from sin (Proverbs 20:9) because “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it” (Jeremiah 17:9)? Have not all our efforts “come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)?
Now, it appears that our shortcoming of the glory of God is the true inevitable. It seems that since our hearts and tongues are beyond cure, that disease and death are also inevitable.
Oh, how the world constantly speaks about the inevitable as if it knows what will happen! Does not the world worry us about the story’s end? Does not the world attempt to put fear in us about the future? So are we to fear what the world tells us is inevitable? Are we to become discontent because the world tells us we will never measure up, we will never measure up to God? Are we to become discontent because we cannot cure our hearts and purify our tongues from sin? Are we to tremble at the sight of every gravestone? Are we to see God as a painting in a frame—a representation of someone—instead of an image of who we are?
The world would have us accept a defeated disposition. It would have us to believe that we cannot speak or be like God. “No one,” the world says, “can be like God, especially imperfect humans.” The world says “no matter how perfect you try to become, no matter how much you try to speak like God, you will never measure up.” This statement tells us how much the world thinks it knows about the inevitable!
How the world thinks and thinks of the inevitable but does not realize that thought is unnecessary for the inevitable. But the Christian knows how to “take no thought how or what thing he or she shall answer, or what he or she shall say” because the Christian knows that “the Holy Ghost shall teach her or him in the same hour what he or she ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12). The Holy Spirit engages in the inevitable. It is far better to let someone, who “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:21) clean our hearts and tongues for us.
It is better to let the Holy Spirit write the end of the story. That is to say, Jesus Christ, “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), cleanses our hearts and tongues. That is to say, he makes us like God. That is to say, he heals our sicknesses and diseases.
So we read that “this sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God” (John 11:4). So we read that “if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). So we read that he “forgiveth all thine iniquities; and healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:3).
Do not these promises put at ease the one who hears, all too often, the warning of the world’s inevitable? If death is not a sickness unto death, then what is the end of death? And we read that Jesus “will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth” (Isaiah 25:8).
The Christian knows that Jesus Christ takes away the world’s inevitable. The Christian knows of the filth of the tongue and impurity of the heart but also knows that Jesus is “like fullers’ soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:2-3). Christians know that they are children of Levi because they know they “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that should shew forth the praises of him who hath called them out of darkness into God’s marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Both the Christian and the world accept the inevitable. But the world’s inevitable, which is death, disease, sickness, and imperfection is not the Christian’s. For the Christian knows that “death” does not end in death. The Christian says, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” (Psalm 118:17). The Christian knows that an incurable heart and tongue do not have to result in death and perverse speech. The world thinks sickness leads to death. It even thinks death leads to death. What a misconception! What a misconception of life! Tragically, the world does not understand that “whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for Jesus’s sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25).
Is it not better to expect life than death? Is not the true inevitable of life always better than the inevitable of death? Is not the true inevitable of godly speech better than the inevitable of a perverse tongue? To be sure, it is better to expect the true inevitable of righteous speech and a pure heart. When we expect the true inevitable, we look in hope towards not shortcoming, sin, nor death but excellence, righteousness, and life. Therefore, although our hearts and tongues may be without cure, such a condition is not the true inevitable.