First, Check Your Heart

OCTOBER 31ST, 2020      |       Everyone has found themselves in the position of saying something hurtful and wanting to take it back even before it left our mouth, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves. Proverbs says life and death is in the power of tongue. Those are powerful words.

Is your conversation bringing destruction, or causing harm to yourself or even to those whom you love the most? James warns that no one can tame the tongue. That almost sounds hopeless. The truth is, it’s not a tongue problem at all—it’s a heart problem. If your heart is angry, angry words will spew from your mouth. If your heart has ugly feelings, those will come out, too. Though you cannot bridle your tongue, yield your words to the Holy Spirit and watch what happens.

When you received Jesus Christ into your heart and allowed the Holy Spirit to take up residence there, your heart was changed, cleansed from the inside out. When Christ enters your heart, the Holy Spirit immediately begins producing fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Check your heart before you open your mouth today to see who’s in control.

First, Check Your Heart

…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

–Matthew 12:34 KJV

…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

–Matthew 12:34 KJV

Everyone has found themselves in the position of saying something hurtful and wanting to take it back even before it left our mouth, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves. Proverbs says life and death is in the power of tongue. Those are powerful words.

Is your conversation bringing destruction, or causing harm to yourself or even to those whom you love the most? James warns that no one can tame the tongue. That almost sounds hopeless. The truth is, it’s not a tongue problem at all—it’s a heart problem. If your heart is angry, angry words will spew from your mouth. If your heart has ugly feelings, those will come out, too. Though you cannot bridle your tongue, yield your words to the Holy Spirit and watch what happens.

When you received Jesus Christ into your heart and allowed the Holy Spirit to take up residence there, your heart was changed, cleansed from the inside out. When Christ enters your heart, the Holy Spirit immediately begins producing fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Check your heart before you open your mouth today to see who’s in control.

Thank God for the changed heart and new words He gives you when you turn to Him.

Ask Him to help you look to Him before you speak, and for His words and heart to flow from your spirit.

Carol Lewis
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