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Have Done With Filthy Language
HERBERT, your mouth is filthy! I read in a book one time that what comes out of your mouth comes from your heart (Matthew 15:18). Is your heart as dark and disgusting as ...

HAVE DONE WITH FILTHY LANGUAGE

Bill Hubbard, Executive Police Officer

Taos, NM, Police Department

HERBERT, your mouth is filthy! I read in a book one time that what comes out of your mouth comes from your heart (Matthew 15:18). Is your heart as dark and disgusting as your mouth?”

Herbert was mad, violent, out of control, and had a very filthy mouth. Whether it was the amount of alcohol in him, the bump on the head he got when he wrecked his car, the cops who showed up to arrest him, or a combination of all three was hard to tell. The jail wouldn’t take him until he was cleared medically, and it took three of us to wrestle him out of the patrol car and into an ER treatment room.

Once there and cuffed to a bed, his tirade continued at the top of his lungs. Herbert cussed us, the hospital staff, other patients, and anyone else who walked past his cubicle. I took a break while the other two officers put up with him, then it was my turn to stay. That’s when I asked him about his heart. My comment had the desired effect: He paused for a breath while his pickled brain tried to process what I’d said. It was like flipping off a switch; Herbert just stopped.

After thinking for a moment, he started to cry, “You sound just like my dad!” Within moments he was a tame man. I sat on the edge of his bed and spoke to him from God’s Word, having as much conversation as I could through his alcoholic haze. For the next hour he was like a lamb, and not a vile word came out of his mouth. He was even kind to the ER staff! When his treatment was complete, Herbert walked out of the ER without our having to place a hand on him, and without saying a word. At the jail he even thanked the officers who booked him, saying they had been kind. The officers who saw his remarkable transformation still don’t believe it, and they credit me with diffusing the situation.

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Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I diffused nothing that night—the power of God’s Word made the difference. Never discount the power of the Bible for providing the perfect solution!


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