Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's in your storehouse?

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)

Here we move from the examples of specks in eyes and of fruit on trees to the heart in man. The good (or righteous) man stores goodness or good things in his heart. To store only good things sounds simple, but it's harder than you might think. To have a heart-storehouse filled with good means that you cannot store the bad things. No anger, bitterness, or unforgiveness are allowed. If someone hurts you, immediate forgiveness is imperative, lest you hold on to the wound and contaminate your heart. 

There is no room for fear or doubt in this heart-storehouse of goodness. God's perfect love can banish fear and doubt, and it must be allowed to cast them out, lest they contaminate your heart.

There is no reason for lust in these hearts of ours, and it must be avoided. 

What we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and think with our minds all can easily find a resting place in our heart. We would do well to remember (and live) the old adage, "See not evil, hear no evil, do no evil."  Avoiding evil is the best way to keep our hearts pure and our heart-storehouse filled with goodness. 

We will look at the good we need to store tomorrow. For today, spend a few moments considering your heart storehouse. What do you find stored in your heart?  Is it only good?

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." (Philippians 4:8 NASB)

Pray today that we and our loved ones will be drawn to those things that are true, honorable, pure, and lovely and they will so fill our hearts that there is no room for that which is not.