“For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12: 34b, 36-37 CSB
As I was doing my daily reading this week, this verse kind of hit me between the eyes. I felt like the good Lord was speaking to me. I admit that I can be a bit critical at times, although I don’t think I’m ever cruel. But this verse demands that I look at myself and my words. Are they careless? Other translations use the adjectives idle, empty, foolish, useless, and worthless.
And since Jesus is telling us that our mouths speak from the overflow of our hearts, what I really need to check, is the condition of my heart. We all desire that our hearts overflow with love and encouragement, with words that build up others, words that reflect God’s love, words that comfort, words that inspire, and words that refresh and strengthen.
This week I invite you to join me in examining the “overflow” of our hearts. What is the first thing you want to say when you’re angry, tired, offended, or ignored? We all need to take a pause and check our hearts and our words. Let’s try to speak words that the Lord might speak; words of forgiveness, understanding, gentleness, and compassion. Let’s allow the Spirit to overflow into our hearts and our words.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we all strive to speak careful and helpful words from the overflow of our hearts.
Blessings as we speak from the overflow of our hearts!