Heart / Thoughts / Words: Part 1
(This is my kitten, doing an upside down, full-blown yawn… But it reminded me of my verbal outburst 🙂 so I had to include this pic!)
“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
Let me tell you, first hand, that this verse is true! Whatever is hidden in our hearts will eventually come spilling out of our mouths. It’s very difficult to conceal what our heart feels when we reach a breaking point and explode in verbal desperation.
This happened to me not too long ago. After getting off a very difficult phone call with someone, I went into a full-on-rant about this person to my husband. I said the most uncalled-for and ridiculous things within 30 seconds. At about second 31 my husband put his hand in front of my face, quietly interrupting me mid-sentence and said, “Ok, stop.”
I was so grateful he let me have an authentic meltdown. But I was even more grateful that he stopped me.
I stood there in my kitchen and replayed my rant in my head. With complete and utter confusion I said out loud, “Where did that come from?!”
Wow…the abundance of my heart. That was the root of my problem!
“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
I honestly had no idea I was so upset with this person until she got something I wanted and jealousy gushed out of me. To me, her good news felt like the cherry on top of my already deep frustration toward her. My heart had so much hurt that I never dealt with until that day when it came flooding out of my mouth.
After asking God for forgiveness for my verbal stupidity, I had to do a little examination on myself. I knew I needed God to get me back on track in regards to my thinking.
Three Ways To Do A “Heart Check-Up”
We don’t intentionally invite feelings of jealously, anger, or pity to come into our hearts. Feelings arise on their own.
But we must live beyond our feelings!
Just because we feel something does not mean it’s true. Our hearts can be quite complicated. It has longings, passions and desires that constantly need to be checked and tested. That’s why we should all be like David and ask God to, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
So today as I write this, I’m once again examining myself and doing a little “heart check-up.”
Today I’m making sure I have peace with others, peace with myself, and peace with God.
It all starts in the heart.
// Lord, forgive our moments of weakness. If there is anyone we need to forgive, help us to do so. Encourage us to examine our hearts and see if there is anything you want us to let go of.