Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.—Luke 6:45
I can still remember it like yesterday. Not so much the joke I made, but how my mom speared me with ‘the look’. Her eyes flashed. “Jesus said, ‘out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.’” My initial response was typical. A childish and rebellious eye-roll followed by deny and defend. But her words took root in my heart. They’ve never moved out. Was the momentary rush from a zinger worth the price? Later I learned Jesus also said, “let your yes be yes and your no be no; anything beyond these is evil.” James would write, “the tongue is a fire…and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.” Apparently what comes out of our mouths is not a subject to be taken lightly. So often words are thrown around carelessly and written off later as just a joke—it may not feel like a joke to everyone. What about the things we say when we’re tired, cranky, stressed? How often are they written off with flimsy excuses? If our words showcase what fills our hearts, is it possible to gauge what we love most by what we’re always talking about? Action step: Do a conversation audit today. Jesus says our words are evidence of what fills our hearts. What are your words saying about the state of your heart?