How do you know what is in your heart?
For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Matthew 12:34
If you really want to know what is in your heart, just listen to what is coming out of your mouth. For me, this is a scary proposition. My words aren’t always the kindest. What is even worse, is the tone of voice that I sometimes choose to use.
What does this say about me? It lets me know exactly what I need to work on in my life. If my heart is annoyed by every little thing that doesn’t go perfectly, I am expecting perfection in a perfect world. Do I think I deserve perfection? I need to forgive and be patient if I want the same thing from others. I make plenty of mistakes, so I need that forgiveness and patience desperately!
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
Do others know what is in your heart?
Not only must we come to grips with the fact that God knows what is in our heart, but we have to face the reality that everyone who hears what comes out of our mouth will know too.
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” Matthew 12:33-35
That is pretty scary stuff!
Here is something even scarier…
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37 NIV
We have to give an account. Are we just stuck in a cycle of spitting things out of our mouths that we don’t really want to say?
What are some practical things we can do to love God with all of our hearts? How can we teach our children to guard their hearts and mouths?
- Dig into the Word
- Practice being thankful. It’s hard to harbor negative feelings when you are busy being thankful.
- Worship! Turn on your favorite Christian music and belt out a tune. If you can’t carry a tune, just sing louder!
- Memorize scripture to really get it into your heart.
- Do something you enjoy to de-stress. When we are stressed out, crazy things come from our hearts and our mouths. Relax and have faith that God has it all under control.
Remember that we are all a work in progress. There is a great chance that you will mess up again. The good news is that we serve a God of second chances. He knows what is in your heart!
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