Fill up your heart
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34
What is in your heart? Is it love? Is it grace? Is it forgiveness? How can you even know what is in your heart? I hope love, grace and mercy are there, but how can I be sure?
Today’s scripture says that what your heart is full of will come out in what you speak? When you stub your toe or make an error, do you speak blessings or cursing. What about when you are irritated or upset with someone? Do you criticize them or do you pray for them and God’s blessing to be on them?
I recognize that many people have been through some terrible struggles and have been deeply wounded, but the test of true healing is what is coming out of their mouth. Is the focused still on the pain of the past or do they have hope for the future with God’s help.
If you have open wounds, there is good news. There is healing available. It starts with turning it over to your heavenly Father and then turning your focus on to His goodness. The blessing and cursing part will take a little practice, but if you are purposefully praying for those who have hurt you and speaking life and God’s Word into the situation, your heart will fill up with these thoughts and these words. If you are holding on to past hurts and replaying them and letting the pain of the events haunt you, your heart will fill up with bitterness and resentment.
What you are speaking is what you are filling your heart with. Begin to fill your mouth with good words and God’s words. When the enemy tries to remind you of those past traumas and the damage that was done through them, begin to pray for those who did that evil and speak God’s healing into the situation. That is where your freedom will come from because by your words you will be justified/set free or by your own words you will be condemned. (vs.37)
Today I want to encourage you to speak life into every issue, situation and circumstance you encounter. Begin to turn your perspective toward filling your heart to the overflow with blessings. Use your negative feelings as a prompt to pray and ask God for the strength to forgive and let go of the pain. Then bless others and be an encouragement to those who have suffered in the past. Be the one who is always looking to help others, not the one who only talks about their own drama. Your words show everyone on the outside where your heart is.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 12:31-37
31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”