Today’s Devotional Tidbit – March 13, 2006
What We Say Really Matters
I may have mentioned before that our congregation has been encouraged to read through the first four books of the New Testament each month. We’re on our way to reading through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John for the third time this year. I am guilty of not reading these accounts of Jesus and his life as much as I have read other parts of the Bible. During my readings, one verse that has really hit home (not somebody else’s home, but my home) is the latter half of Matthew 12:34.
“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”
What has been in your heart lately? Think about what Matthew wrote. His words can pierce even the coldest of souls. If we tend to speak more unkind words than kind, what does that say about our heart condition? If we speak more about the negative than the positive, that too says a lot about our heart; it may demonstrate our need for a heart transplant or a need for a lot more time in prayer with our Father.
God gave us good hearts. If we understand that truth, the logical conclusion is that we should speak good words, encouraging words, helpful words and words that demonstrate Christ’s love in our life.
Let us pray together that our mouths will prove that are hearts are indeed full of goodness and love.
Yours in Christ,