Friday, April 18, 2014

What's in your storehouse? Part 3 (Luke 6:45)

Part 3:
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45 NASB)

We look now at the last portion of this verse. The first two sections dealt with the good or evil residing in our hearts and spilling over. The next section deals with an especially difficult part of this problem. Our mouths. 

Jesus made this unmistakably clear. The words we speak come from what we have in our hearts. No matter what we "hide" in our hearts, it is almost certainly going to spill out eventually in our speech. The converse is also true, and I hate it. The words we speak do not just fly into our mouths randomly like a passing gnat. The words we speak spill into our mouths from what we have allowed to hide in our hearts. Whoa! That bears repeating. 

The words we speak spill into our mouths from what we have allowed to hide in our hearts. 

Selah. Pause and consider. 

Words. They matter more than you think. Unkind words, gossip, critical or judgmental words, cursing, sexual innuendos all come from our hearts. In fact, those around us can get a fairly accurate picture of our hearts by consistently listening to what we say. Eventually, the truth of our heart condition will spill forth, and clarify for those around us that which we have stored deep inside. What we reveal is not always flattering, is it? It is not always glorifying to God, either. 

What are we to do? The most important thing we can do is to so fill our minds and hearts with Christ that there is no place for the vileness of evil. The things we say may draw a laugh from those around us, but they are not likely to draw a laugh from Almighty God, who also hears what we say. When our speech reveals what should have no place in our hearts, we must stop and ask for forgiveness and cleansing from the One who is faithful and just to provide both in ample measure. 

Pray today that our words will reflect a heart for God that will draw the ones we love the most to our beautiful Savior. 
Here's the link to last night's post: