This morning I come to your Father with a heart in tune with the old hymn, “It’s me, it’s me, its me Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer”…

“For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:34-37)

Words matter.  “The Word” was the Apostle John’s favorite term to refer to Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1).  Words express meaning.  Words explain.  Words teach. Words convey what is in the heart of the speaker.  Words are powerful.  Words carry authority.   Jesus was the “Word” of God.   He was the true expression of God, completely in line with the heart of God in all his power and authority.  

Words can build up, Words can tear down. Words are eternal.  If I say something negative or evil about a person, my words bring that evil into existence when I speak them.  That evil that never existed in this world now does.  People hear it, they think it, they remember it, and that evil now exists and echoes in this world forever.   If I say something positive or good about a person, my words bring that good into existence when I speak them.  That good that never existed in this world now does.  People hear it, they think it, they remember it, and that good now exists forever.  One I speak words out, I can never completely take them back.  In this world of social media we live in now, the posting and reposting of words on the internet reminds us of that.

Words speak out of and point to the character of a persons heart. ““For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.” (v.34-35)  You may think you are a person who’s nature is good, however if you gossip, or speak harsh words against a neighbor, your words reflect the true nature of your heart.

So this morning God, through your power and presence of the Holy Spirit in me I cry out and ask, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me!” (Psalm 51:10)   Align my heart completely to yours, then “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

My family, I pray this morning you will reflect on your words, what you said yesterday, what you are planning on saying today.  Then more importantly, I pray you will reflect on what these words reveal about your heart, and allow the Holy Spirit to perform “heart Surgery “ on you where needed. In Jesus’ name.  Please pray the same for me.  God bless you my friends! 

Please share your reflections and prayers with us in the comment box below.

 

Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower

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