Out of the Abundance of the Heart We Speak

"You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."  Matthew 12:34

Aesop, the ancient storyteller, told this fable:  "Once upon a time, a donkey found a lions skin.  He tried it on, strutted around, and frightened many animals.  Soon a fox came along and the donkey tried to scare him, too.  But the fox, hearing the donkey's voice said, "If you want to terrify me, you'll have to disguise your speech."  Aesop's moral:  Clothes may disguise a fool, but his words will give him away.

We often fear what might come out of our mouth, but if it's in our hearts, it will eventually come out all on its own.  We can disguise what's in our heart only for so long.  Now this doesn't have to be bad.  In fact, it can be quite good.

If we cherish good thoughts (Philippians 4:8) that will eventually come out in words, these words can then bless other people and encourage them.  That is why God spends so much time in His Word discussing the heart.  The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

If one is always talking about a favorite sports team, chances are that he or she loves that team.  Similarly, if we think often of our Lord and His blessings, we will bless others with our words.

On the other hand, if we entertain dark and negative thoughts, we will not be able to hide them very long.  They will eventually come out in words, and we will not like the results.

The cure?  Think thoughts that bless and lift up so that our words will prove to be a fountain of blessing to others!


Wonderful Words of Life

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life

Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life

Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life

Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life

 

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