There was a time in my life when I really struggled to manage my tongue. Ok, so that was yesterday. I was tired, and I “found myself” making little comments here and there that probably could’ve been left unsaid (please don’t tell Anna!).
What I soon (re)discovered was that I could exert the necessary willpower and stifle a smart remark if I had to, but somehow, that just frustrated me, and I couldn’t bring myself to keep it up for very long. Ever felt that way?
“…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” – Matthew 12:34
One of the principles that has been most helpful to me in the past few years is found in Proverbs 4:23. And it doesn’t just apply to what we say- it’s all-inclusive:
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23
Yesterday, when my heart finally softened, the words became more gracious. And not because I ran out of quips and comebacks- they were just no longer coming from my heart.
Everything that you do comes from your heart- even your instinctive, thoughtless reactions are very telling glimpses into the real state of your heart. Keep your heart, and the life that proceeds from it will be beautiful and pleasing to God. Focus only on the issues of life, letting your heart run wild, and you’ll become a hypocrite, eventually exposed- bringing shame and reproach on the Lord.