How do we know what is in our heart?
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil [a]treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. ~Luke 6:45
For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. One good indicator is our mouth. What do we do with our mouth daily? Do we use it to build people up or tear people down? Do we use it to speak a word in season to those who are weary? Or as a loudspeaker that promote strive and share private information about others?
- Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. ~Proverbs 16:28
- The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. ~Proverbs 12:13
- The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. ~Proverbs 18:17
- He that keep his mouth keep his life: but he that open wide his lips shall have destruction. ~Proverbs 13:3
- In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. ~ Proverbs 14:23
After reading the Word of God from proverbs, I realise it speaks a lot about our mouth. Book of Proverbs is like a book of wisdom written by King Solomon, the wisest and richest man ever lived. A person who speak loosely will reap a harvest of destruction and traps. Have you ever wonder why our lives doesn’t seem to be able to move forward? Are you seeking financial breakthrough? Why is there destructions instead of breakthroughs? Could it be that we have been delighting in airing our own opinions and emotions? Idle chatters leads ONLY to poverty. Have we been sinning with our mouth? Could that the reason why our breakthroughs were delayed?
For example, if I am angry with someone and I happened to bump into a common friend. At that moment, what do you think I will be talking about? Do I hold or tongue or be like a fool and pour out all the emotions to this innocent friend? What will be the impact on this innocent friend? If he/she has bitterness and unforgiveness in his/her heart, he/she will likely join in and agree with you. Then it is nothing but a gossip session. If this is a godly friend, I do not think he/she will enjoy your company at all. Perhaps he/she may correct you gently, encouraging me to forgive or just walk away from me.
I have been in that position before and it is draining to be sitting with someone like that. Many times, the person complaining just couldn’t stop. There was a lady from church who kept doing this and I have to stop all coffee sessions with her. She was upset with me because according to her, she shared personal information about others so that “I can pray for them”. To be honest, there wasn’t any prayer at all. I found myself disliking those people she “prayed” about even when I don’t even know them. I made judgement on others without knowing them because I had been drinking bad things about them. So I have no choice but to make a stand to break the friendship. It was difficult but necessary to protect myself. I still love her but from a distance.
If we are constantly airing our emotions and feelings, we are acting like a fool. And a fool will reap a fool’s reward. My friend, I want you to receive your breakthrough this year.
Cleanse our Heart
If we have been sinning with our mouth, we can go to God and ask for forgiveness. The root of the problem is actually what is in our hearts. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. What do we like to talk about? Revelations about God, business ideas, opportunities or about people?
For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. ~Romans 2:1
- My friend, what is in our hearts today? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us. Forgive those who hurt us. Accept others and understand everyone is different from us. Release every expectation we placed on others. Stop judging others. Before we judge others, look at our own lives and ask God to deal with us first. Let go of every bitterness and hurts in our hearts. God will come and heal us. Spend time with God and let Him do His work.
- Fill our hearts with Word of God. Train our minds to think on things that are right and good. Do not meditate on anger, what others did to us or that embarrassing incident. Replace it with God’s word and promises. Blessings will chase after you and hunt you down.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate in it day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. ~ Joshua 1:8,