“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Proverbs 4:23-24.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Proverbs 4-6, and Romans 8.
The condition of my heart is revealed in what I say.
This is a cold, hard fact.
I can pretend otherwise. I can rationalize ‘til the cows come home. None of this veers from the truth that my words tell the story of what I’m really like.
I get into trouble with words far too frequently. I say things I regret and regularly must backtrack from them. That’s bad enough but the reality is deeper: My heart is NOT right with God. If it was, the unkind words would stop flowing.
For me the heart-revealing words often flow during reactions. Given time to plan words, I have fewer issues. When someone confronts me or things don’t go my way, then the gloves come off…………and they shouldn’t.
I know that this behavior is wrong. My only consolation is that it gets me up-to-date on the condition of my heart.
The bottom line is that what comes out of my mouth reveals the condition of my heart. I wish that the condition of my heart was better!
“Lord, forgive me for betraying our relationship with unkind words. I do what I don’t want to do. Help me, Lord. I surrender to You full-time. I love You, Lord.”
Sadly, my words often reveal an unclean heart.