Hebrews 4:12 – “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.” NKJV
Proverbs 23:7 – “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” NASU
I have had slips of the tongue in life and embarrassingly in the pulpit too. I and virtually everyone I know justifies those by saying something like it was, a ‘Freudian slip’ and not giving much thought to it. We are told that a Freudian slip is when a person has a slip of the tongue, where they say one thing, but mean another. It was named after Sigmund Freud who was a medical doctor, physiologist, and psychologist. But I want to probe a bit deeper into the so-called ‘Freudian slips’ we make or have made. Are they inconsequential or indicators of something that needs to be addressed?
I am quite serious for as the aforementioned passages indicate that God knows our thoughts and intents and we become what we focus on, mediate on, dwell on, and think. But Jesus took it a step further in Luke 6:45 – “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” NKJV So again I broach the issue, is this inconsequential and to be laughed at or an indicator of something more?
I am not trying to overly dissect Scripture or the human condition but how did the ‘slip’ make its way to our lips? It had to be in the heart in some form or it would not have been uttered. Oh, I completely agree that we did not intend to say whatever it was and would have taken it back if possible but it was said, it was in the heart somewhere. I am not suggesting that you are ultimately evil because of it or mean-spirited because of the slip but could it be an indicator of something in the heart that has not been dealt with?
I do not even suggest that all ‘Freudian slips’ are happen are something dirty, profane, or anything of the like, some are just funny misspeaks but in those cases where it was completely out of character for you and something you would never have meant to say and even something you are shocked that came out of your mouth it might just be an indicator of something that is ‘in the heart’ somewhere and needs the ministry of the Spirit and Word of God to remove.
We find in Psalm 139:1-2 – “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.” NKJV Even before we think something God knows. He knew it was there and may have reached out to us to deal with it and found us unresponsive. We may have allowed our religiousness and pride to suppress it because we would never say anything like that. But, the Loving Father just may have allowed us to make the ‘slip’ to reveal to us something that is there and give us opportunity to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to address.
Therefore, instead of just excusing a ‘slip’ as ‘Freudian’ why not utilize it as an opportunity to seek the Holy Spirit’s help in addressing something that we do not really want to exist in our lives.
Again, I am not suggesting that this makes you bad but do suggest that we allow our ‘slips’ of the tongue to open our hearts for the ministry of God’s Spirit in continuing the transformation and conformation of our lives into that which God truly and fully desires.
May you walk in His blessing and May He place a guard at your mouth at all times! Blessings as you go through your day!