"A good man out of the 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." - Jesus, Luke 6:45 NKJV
I've been away from this blog for a few days, not because I wanted to, but because I've been at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for a mini-vacation with my husband. We played some golf, ate some good and bad food and also just hung out and relaxed. While on this vacation I've had a lot of time to think, read and study as well. One verse in the bible I can't seem to get away from lately is Luke 6:45 quoted above. As a result, I am compelled to post about it here. Apparently God wants me (or maybe someone else) to learn something about it! In the last week it has popped up in two different bible studies I'm doing, was quoted in another book I'm reading, was mentioned on the radio and was brought up to me by a couple of friends. Hmmm.... I didn't think I'd been that bad lately! :)
Jesus says that we speak out of the abundance of our hearts. Rooted in every word we say are the attitudes and values we hold regarding our everyday life. No matter how strong-willed we are or how determined we are to hide all of our true selves from the world around us, eventually what is in our hearts will seap or maybe even erupt out of our mouths, sometimes unknown to us but often noticed by those close to us. We can temporarily change our behavior (which is but a symptom of a deeper problem) but only God can change our hearts (the underlying disease) so that we won't have to use the bandaid of discipline with our minds to control our tongues.
When was the last time you examined your heart for evidence of disease? We can ask God to reveal to us areas in our lives where we need to change by praying this bible passage back to Him:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 NKJV)
What is really in your heart? What would an unbiased person say about you from what they hear rolling off your tongue? I want my thoughts to be God's thoughts because I know that His are good. I want to be known by the abundance of good words coming from my mouth because I've been so saturated with the mind of God through His word that they can't help but pour out. I don't want a bandaid fix on my bad attitudes. I want the "disease" cured. How about you?
Dear Father, thank You for always being there for me, for us, to listen and care for our hearts that have been battered and bruised by life's circumtances. Reveal to us the areas that you want us to change and enable us to change these deep areas to conform to your image. We cannot do it without your help. Give us the desire to let your Word dwell in us so deeply that it cannot help but change our lives and permeate our hearts and minds. As the song says, "Change our hearts, O God." Amen.