THE 19th OF MARCH
OUR WORDS SHOW WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS
“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.” – Luke 6:45
Our spoken words show what is in our hearts. When we use beautiful words that build and encourage, from pure and grateful hearts, we bless others and glorify God. On the other hand, dirty words, curses, insults and criticisms certainly do not come from the Lord and are evidence of unclean hearts. The source of all evil is not God, but is our fallen nature or the devil. We must fight to keep our clean hearts clean and ask the Holy Spirit to help us.
Everything we think, say or do has eternal implications. This statement may seem exaggerated, but if we think about it for a moment, we will realize how true it is. Our words and reactions to everything that surround us, are based upon what we think. If we allow the thoughts that the enemy puts into our minds to grow and produce negative feelings in our hearts, then when we are taken by surprise or caught off-guard, we will find ourselves saying things that we should never say, because “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”
If we would not allow the thoughts of criticism, judgment or other negative thoughts to grow in our minds, we could avoid many problems and hurts.
Suggested prayer: Dear Lord, please help me change my way of thinking, so that I will stop allowing negative thoughts to grow in my mind and produce evil feelings in my heart. Please help me pay attention to what I think about and to bring any evil thought unto the subjection of Jesus Christ and His will, and then proclaim the truth, according to Scripture. Thank You for helping me to think more and more according to Your Word, to keep a pure heart and choose my words more carefully. Glory to Your holy Name forever. Amen