Out of the heart, the mouth speaks

Those words and the constant chirp of my alarm met me too early this morning.  I hit snooze anyway.

“It’s in there” bombarded my mind.  I lugged myself out of bed and gave the Lord a brief shout out before making it… those same words crept in again.

Maybe God was trying to tell me something.

As I made my bed, my bible plopped open to a highlighted passage, 2 Corinthians 13:5.

Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.

I considered it random.

I sort of understood that scripture, but I was more concerned with the “Out of the mouth speaks” thing…

You see I couldn’t understand why the Lord would send me there when I knew I’d been praying to get a grip on my tongue.  I mean what’s faith got to do with keeping my mouth in check anyway, right?

Well, when I got to work, I did some digging and found what I thought I needed in Luke 6:45.

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

That’s when it clicked!  “It’s in There!”

No not about the pasta sauce

I needed to examine myself.

I admit I’m not proud of my findings, but this truth has indeed set me free.  I discovered that a lot of my hang ups, slip ups, and so-called mistakes of the tongue were actually intentional.

Gasp!

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Yep….that’s right on purpose!

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Yeah, I’d “slip” and quickly spout, “Oh Lord forgive me” or “I didn’t mean to say that.”

Yet, I’d been feeding myself a line of BULL…

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I’m so thankful for God’s grace! All the while, I’d been praying for God to fix my tongue…I even blamed my “mistakes” on that Freudian slip stuff, but God showed me my problem had absolutely nothing to do with my tongue…albeit an accomplice, it wasn’t the main culprit.

He reminded me how just a few years ago, refraining from cursing or losing my temper wasn’t an issue, it was a norm…so what changed?

Then I trusted the Lord with my whole heart. Yet, recently some of my decisions have led me to think I could take better care of my heart than God I suppose. I would not have admitted that before today. Now, with it broken, I understand that the best condition for my heart is in My Father’s hands because He alone knows what’s in there!

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