This scripture convicted my heart this morning. As a busy mom who juggles a multitude of tasks each day, I get frustrated easily. And because I am an external processor, everyone in the entire household knows when I’ve reached my breaking point. Aside from the usual slamming of doors, I can tend to speak too harshly to my children, or my husband, at times. How I speak to those I love, and those I encounter on a daily basis, is often a reflection of the hurt and pain that lies in my own heart.
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. (Luke 6:45 NLT)
When I lose my temper, am quick to lash out at others, or quick to place judgement on another by my words, I must stop and ask the Lord to search my heart. A heart that is fully at rest, one that is truly abiding in Christ, will be led and controlled by the Spirit of God, in all manners of speech. If all I ever do is voice my disapproval with others, causing them hurt and pain, I must ask the Holy Spirit if there is hurt and pain in my own heart, and then pray and ask God first to remove my own pain so that I can be free to love.
As a woman who has given her heart to Christ, I must allow the Holy Spirit full control over my life, as well as my body. My tongue can be used for good, to speak life and hope into others. But it can also be used to speak death. In those times when I am frustrated, confused, or have been wrongly accused, will I choose to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through me, displaying kindness, gentleness and self control, or will I choose to have my own way and inflict pain on others by my words?
Once released, our words can never be taken back. It can take a lifetime of healing and restoration to recover from words that hurt, bring shame, and speak death. If we can learn to control our tongues, choosing to allow the Holy Spirit to rule this area of our lives, it will save a lot of heartache later.
How about you my friend? How does this scripture impact you this morning? Will you share in the comments below?