The idea that our speech flows from our heart is repeated in Psalm 19:14
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
From these passages we can see that if we want to have greater self control over the things we say, we must start with our heart and what is in it.
James Allen in his classic book “As A Man Thinketh” said “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he’ not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A person is literally what he thinks, his character being the sum of all his thoughts”.
For the New Year if we want to be more like Christ in our conversations with others we need to look within first and see the condition of our heart. What are we thinking about? Are our thoughts pleasing to God and in His will? Do we have spiritual integrity in our life? Does who we are in our thought life on the inside line up with who we want to be and how we want to act on the outside? How can we bring the meditations of our heart closer to God and the things of God?
Accept responsibility for your thoughts and turn them over to Christ. Ask God to give you the mind of Christ and pray before you speak so your words can bring life and not death. Fast forward and see the effects of what you are about to say. Will you hurt someone and regret these words later? Be silent if your thoughts are not Christ-like because Jesus said out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and you may regret it later. It can be very hard to not say anything. However, many times we would be better off if we kept our thoughts inside until God gets our heart right so our words will be right - because they matter.
Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com
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