Words from the Heart
Think about how precious the name of Jesus is. He is my Redeemer, my Healer, my Lord, and my Savior. But friends I had a sobering wake-up call the other day. With the same mouth that I that proclaim "Jesus is Lord" I speak out words that counter my praise. This week I listened to myself to see how many times "Oh my God!" came out of my mouth. I'm usually reacting to something that surprised me, scared me or hurt me. The Lord directed me to this verse and I started wondering what comes out of my mouth.
Good people bring good things out of the good they stored in their hearts. But evil people bring evil things out of the evil they stored in their hearts. People speak the things that are in their hearts. Luke 6:45 (NCV)
I want to speak praise to my Jesus. But quite often I find myself speaking the contrary. What about you? Are you speaking praises from one side of your mouth and venom from the other? I've become aware of what other Christians say around me.
Based on this verse in Luke, I'm shocked at what we as Christians allow spoken from our hearts. They speak a steady stream of short words that would make a sailor blush. Satan knows he can rule us if he can control our tongue. The tongue is like the rudder of a ship. It turns the whole vessel. A tongue that sings praises on Sunday but pukes vile words the rest of the week will surly lead us to anger, sickness, depression, hopelessness and desperation. Where is your tongue taking you today?
Some of you are rolling your eyes about now. You think, "I would never say such a thing". But think carefully to yourself about what you said the last time someone hurt you or when you suffered a deep disappointment. What came to your tongue? Did you mask it with a "socially acceptable" bad word like Gosh, Jeez or Darn? God knows the heart my friend. Why fool yourself?
People who think they are religious but say things they should not say are just fooling themselves. Their "religion" is worth nothing. Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence. James 1:26-27 (NCV)
How do I change my speech? Well we start with the same principle described in Luke 6:45. You see, what we store up in our hearts is what comes out. So we need to change what we are storing up in our hearts.
The first place to start is repentance. We need to get into God's shower and scrub down with the Soap of His Word.
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:2-10 (NIV)
Repent and have Jesus wash the filthiness from our hearts. Psalm 51 goes further to describe the cleaning process.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)
When your heart is clean, you need to fill up with the Word of God. Continually meditate on the Word of God. Put the Bible into your heart. Start with verses like:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Daily wash your heart with the soap of the Word of God. Cleanse yourself with the blood of the Lamb. Join me. I'm committed to cleansing my heart every day with the Word of God. Daily I choose to put good into my heart so it will come out of my mouth.