From Heart to Mouth

I was watching a video of a woman talking about her experiences from her previous marriage. She was saying a lot of not so pleasant things about her ex-husband. Now, I know that I am hearing only one side of the story and I shouldn’t be quick to judge. But watching her speak in such a negative way reminded me of a verse I read a few days ago:

Matthew 12: 34-45 For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. NLT

The words that come out of our mouths say a lot about the condition of our hearts. During times I consciously or unconsciously blurt out something critical or judgement, I should pause and do a heart check. What’s in my heart that’s causing me to say these things? Is there pride, envy or bitterness? When I start talking about my worries and anxieties and allow them to take over me, it’s most probably that i’ve allowed fear to creep into my heart. When I become harsh and hurtful in my words, maybe there’s anger in my heart.

Every now and then, it’s good to do a words check. What kind of words have been coming out of my mouth lately? Have they been kind, encouraging, humble or positive? Or have they been harsh, negative, arrogant or fearful? And then do a heart check. My prayer is that God will uproot every sin and negative emotion in my heart and replace it with a treasury of humility, faith, goodness and forgiveness.

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