Ever blurted out something really hurtful and then immediately apologized with some kind of excuse, hoping the excuse will automatically wipe away the inflicted harm? The excuse usually runs something like, “I’m sorry. I don’t why I said that. I’m tired and today has been a frustrating day. That’s not really me. That’s not how I actually feel.”
Well……actually…..it is. We just don’t like to see, admit, or confess our own horrible selves when they show up! The Bible reveals though that what comes out of the mouth was birthed in the heart – the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Consider these biblical assertions on the relationship between the heart and our actions or words.
1. Matthew 12:34 – For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
2. Mark 7:21-23 – For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
The hard truth is that when we blurt out hurtful words, entertain unholy thoughts, secretly engage in sin, or speak ill of someone behind his back, it is a reflection of our hearts. Sin has taken root, it has been cultivated, and now it has blossomed! More often, it blossoms in what we say or how we say it. (James 1:14-15)
Rather than deny our sin through some lame excuse, better to own up to it, apologize for it, confess it to God, ask forgiveness, and seek the strength to sever the root of sin from our hearts! (I John 1:9)
On the other hand, our mouths do not only reveal when sin has taken root in our hearts, they also reveal when grace is growing in our hearts!! Note carefully how David describes the relation between grace at work in his heart and the song of praise on his lips. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.” Psalm 28:7
Let us pay close attention to the words of our mouths, for they are reflecting something about our hearts. When our words are unholy or unhealthy, let’s confess our sin to God and ask that He fill our hearts with faith, humility, and grace. When our words are pleasing to God and edifying to others, let’s praise God for His grace in our lives and beg Him to continue to fill us with His Spirit!!
The mouth reveals our true selves, our inner selves, our hearts. When they show us sin, sever the root! When they show us grace, give God the glory!!
Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor