“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)
Do you know what is in your heart? That’s a different question. I can’t say that I know what’s in my heart. How can I possibly know what’s in my heart? That sounds like an impossible task to me. No, it’s not. Actually, it’s quite easy to know what is in your heart. It’s equally easy to know what is in another person’s heart as well. You have definitely made me curious. What must I do if I want to know what is in my heart? How can I possibly know what is in the heart of another person? You must listen carefully if you want to know what is in your or another’s person heart. Listen? Listen, to what? Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Listen to the words that will come out of another person’s mouth. Your words will reveal what is in your heart. Another person’s words will reveal what is in their heart.
How will my words reveal what is in my heart? How will another’s person’s words reveal what is in their heart? This is not a hard concept to understand. When you say something, when another person says something it is “show time”. Words that come out of a mouth reveal what is in the heart. Have you ever said something and then thought, “Where did that come from?” Yes, that thought has crossed my mind. What is the answer to your thought? Whatever comes out of my mouth is in my heart. That’s exactly right. Give me some examples. If I say angry words I have an angry heart. If I say fear filled words I have a fearful heart. If I say doubt filled words I have a doubtful heart. You got it.
I got it but I’m not happy about it. What do you mean by that? I’m not happy about the words that have been coming out of my mouth. I’m not happy about what is obviously in my heart. Good. Good, what’s good? You want to have a different heart. You want to speak different words. Yes, I want a new heart. I want to speak words that reveal a good and fruitful heart. I want my heart and words and life to bring glory to your name. I want your goodness to overflow my life with words that give life and bear fruit for your kingdom. You want me to change your heart and words and life? Is that your prayer? Yes Lord, that is my prayer. I will hear and answer that prayer of yours.
Lord, I know that the words that come out of my mouth are a good gauge of what is in my heart. Change my heart. Overflow my life with your goodness. Help me to speak good and fruitful words that bring glory to your name. Amen
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