May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart...(Matthew 15:18)
Well, to be perfectly honest, I didn't expect to be writing on the things of the heart today. My intention, when I first sat down with my white space, was to talk about the power of the words we use with our mouths.
But as usual, God had other plans.
He wanted to show me something important:
It's not so much the power of the words that we use; rather, it's the power of the thoughts that come from our hearts. For it is in the heart that the words take shape.
It is those thoughts---the ones we think with our hearts---that make it to our mouths. And if you're anything like I am, all I have to do is open my mouth and the words come tumbling out. Sometimes spewing out, like a geyser or a fire hydrant that has been left open.
"Shut it off! Shut it off!" (Read: "shut up! shut up!")
There are times when I feel like I "just have to say something." It's those times when the words don't so much feel like they need to be released from my mouth, but the emotional torment must be released from my heart. When I feel strongly about something, I don't feel that in my mouth. I feel it in my heart. It is that feeling that bubbles up and overflows from my heart into my mouth, and the words just tumble out.
You see, it's not my mouth that gets me in trouble. It's my heart.
That's why so many people are walking around wounded. It's why there's road rage and office rage and home rage, and whatever else kind of rage you can think of. The rage comes from the heart, from a place in the heart that has been wounded and wants to retaliate. From a place in the heart that wants retribution, righteousness, and revenge.
When that happens, when I feel my heart rate quicken and my heart thump in my chest, it is because the words are taking shape. It is then that I must pray that I always be reminded that my desire is to please God with my thoughts, my words and my actions. First from my heart. Quell my heart, Lord.
We may not always realize it, but our heart has meditated on those words before they enter into our heads. May I always be aware of the mediation of my heart and the words that form in my mind, so that I may speak words of healing, love, edification and value; only that which is helpful for building up, not tearing down.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Eph 4:29)
Father God, may this be our prayer today:
If it edifies and encourages, bring it on! Quicken my heart, Lord!
If it tears down and breaks the spirit, I don't want it. Quell my heart, Lord!
Blessings Along the Path,
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Prov 12:18)
sharing this post with Joan at Sharing His Beauty, Laura at Playdates With God, Terri at Good Morning Monday, Donna with Mondays @ Soul Survivor, Holly with Testimony Tuesday, Kelly at the Cheerleading Linkup, Beth with Messy Marriage, Barbie at The Weekend Brew, Janis at Sunday Stillness
Monday, January 12, 2015
The Words of My Heart
I'm a person of creativity. I've always loved to entertain people, and especially, to make them laugh. I don't mind being the guinea pig, the one who is singled out to break the ice. I write what you think but don't want to admit. I'm a word nerd and a grammar geek. I love musical theatre, hiking, and worshipping my Lord, my King-the King of Glory. It's my desire to bring hope and healing to hurting individuals-or perhaps just to provoke thought, to give an encouraging word to get you through the day-through everyday situations and insights into God's Word.