"For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." Matthew 12:34b
I don't know about you, but I have a hard time controlling my mouth. Sometimes words come out that shouldn't come out. Sometimes words come out that I didn't even know existed. I'm sure many of you, like me, have suffered from the "foot in mouth" syndrome for years. It amazes me how many times I can be so kind and so encouraging with my words, yet at the same time, I can be so hurtful and so destructive with my words. I wonder if I truly understand the power of our mouths???
Jesus says something in Matthew 12:34b that really explains the problem I have with my mouth. He says, "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." In other words, if I have a mouth problem, then I have a heart problem. If I use cursive and abusive language, it's because cursive and abusive language is in my heart. If I love to gossip, then it's because gossip is in my heart. If I use my mouth to discourage others, it's because discouragement is in my heart. Jesus goes on to say in verse 35, "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." Maybe that is why David said this in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." David's son, Solomon, says this in Proverbs 16:23, "The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction." In Psalm 141:3-4, David again speaks these words, "Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies." Maybe today I need to ask God to "create in me a pure heart." Maybe today I need to ask God to "set a guard over my mouth." I don't want to be one who discourages others. I don't want to be one who abuses others with my mouth or spreads gossip with my mouth. I want to be an encourager. I want to be one who brings joy and life to others. Proverbs 10:11 says, "The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life." I want my mouth to be a fountain of life for everyone I speak to. I am claiming the power of the Holy Spirit in me to create in me a pure heart that leads to a mouth of encouragement!!!