Words Reflect Our Heart Condition
The Bible shows us again and again that we can be sure of what is really in our heart by simply paying attention to what is coming out of our mouth! When I hear certain comments coming out of my mouth I know that it is time to get in the Word so I can be filled again with faith, hope and peace. Other words show me that I am harboring the poison of unforgivness or hurts that I must take to God and allow him to heal, gain new perspective on hurtful situations, and receive his grace to love others as he loves them. Sometimes what comes flying out of my mouth slaps me in the face with the realization that I am allowing things into my heart that will poison and destroy my life.
When I started looking for verses that reflected the importance and value of our words I came across many verses that intimately linked the condition of our heart with the words of our mouth. Let’s look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about words in relationship to our heart condition:
A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.Proverbs 16:23-24
Compare this to Proverbs 10:11:
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
Let me put it another way. As I type I am drinking a tasty 4-shot latte with a touch of honey. Imagine that as I take a quick break from typing to sip my hot beverage my husband bursts into the room with a loud exclamation. Being quite surprised and known to react to such a startle by possibly causing harm to those nearby (unintentionally, of course), I shower the room with hot-tasty-quad-latte. Why did the latte spill? It was not because of the surprise Duncan gave me, or my reaction to the surprise. I could not have spilled the drink if there was nothing inside the cup to spill.
Think about what may be “overwhelming” your mouth today. Remember that it cannot come out if it was not first placed in your heart. It is not the fault of circumstances or pressures in your life. It is just what’s in there, and when squeezed or shaken, what will come out.
Here are a couple more verses for you to think about today.
Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. Proverbs 10:14
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment. Proverbs 10:10-21
Proverbs 2:1-5 shows us what to put in our heart:
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
These verses show us that we must be very purposeful and proactive about what we are putting into our heart! Verse 10 tells us when we do this that “…wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
Finally, Proverbs 4:23:
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.