I came across this very convicting verse last night. Luke 6:45- "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
Wow. What is in my heart is what will come out of my mouth.
What I am dwelling on....what I am focusing on and delighting in my heart is what I am going to talk about.
Have you been around someone who just got into a relationship or got married and all they talk about is their significant other? It is because they love him or her and it brings them great joy to talk about them. They want to tell anyone who will listen how great the person is, what they did with them, how they met, what fun things they do when they are together etc.
If Christ is our treasure....If He is our delight... then why are we so hesitant to talk about Him? If He holds our highest affection then why do our words speak so little of Him and so much of us?
Because as it says in Luke 6- that the good treasure of our heart will produce good fruit ..... and out of the abundance of the heart our mouth will speak. Is Christ truly our Treasure? Does our words and actions reflect that reality of our souls?
In Philippians 4:8, Paul says, "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things."
T he same thing can be said about our words. Are the things we are speaking True? Honorable? Just? Pure? Lovely? Commendable? Excellent? Worthy of praise?
Colossians 1:10- says "...walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Are we walking in a manner worthy of the Lord which is pleasing to Him?
Colossians 3:8-10, Paul writes, "But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator."
Later on in the chapter is says....
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 8:12-17)
See, this is just not behavior modification. It is not just stopping gossiping or not telling a crude joke.... it comes down to the root of the issue... We must behold Christ. He must dwell in our hearts. The Holy Spirit must have full reign within our souls.
He must have the supreme place within our hearts... As we behold Him... as we decrease so that He might increase our words and actions will testify of the One who holds our heart.
So what do our lips testify of? Our Treasure- Jesus Christ or the treasures of this world?
May we turn our eyes upon Jesus... would we look full in His wonderful face.... And may the things of this world go strangely dim.... in the light of His glory and grace.