18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
What is in your heart? Happiness, love, fear, hate, anger, comfort, grace, mercy, lust, bad thoughts, contentment, maybe even revenge?
Have you ever truly thought about the condition of your heart spiritually? What prognosis or diagnosis would your spiritual “Doctor” give you if He looked into your heart right now?
For some, you can honestly say, “I have a heart full of love and peace,” while others might cringe once they begin to examine themselves. We can only fool others for a short period before the true content of our hearts comes pouring out, and we cannot fool God at all, for He sees straight into our heart. Being born into sin does present hurdles in our lives as Christians, but God gave us His Spirit and His Spirit gives us the strength we need to jump those hurdles. At times, when we take our eyes off Jesus and our feet somehow get caught on one of those hurdles, we fall. What causes us to take our eyes off Jesus? Are we spending time with Him like we should?
Have you ever wondered why it is that we seem to speak nothing but negative words at times? I am about ninety-nine percent sure that if we would each take a look at ourselves when we notice we are speaking negative or acting in an unfriendly manner, that we will find we have not spent much time with God or in His word for a period of time (whether short or long.)
If we are feeling energetic, peaceful and our joy is overflowing even when tough circumstances creep up, will probably notice that we have spent some time with God or in His word of late.
What we need to do is understand this; when we spend time with God and in His word, it penetrates our hearts and His attributes and words begin to flow from our mouth and show in our actions. This is true for whatever we spend our time in. If we never allow God in our hearts, and we fill ourselves with things of this world, what do you think will show up in our words and actions? Ponder that for a couple of minutes.
The point I am trying to make is that we should try to spend some time each day talking to God, reading a couple of devotionals and/or some scripture. We will soon see a difference in ourselves if we do.