Sunday, October 07, 2007

Words reveal the heart

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Note: This is taken from its larger context in Matthew. While possible to understand this in itself, it'd be far better to see what the author had in mind when he wrote this chunk ;) One way is to listen to the sermon explaining that ;)

In the long run, what you say shows what is truly important in your heart. Two implications follow:
  1. How near (or far) are the issues of real importance from the tips of our tongues in our daily conversations? What do our words/speech/manners show about what we truly believe in?
  2. How near (or far) are the wrong things/ideas/attitudes from the tip of our tongues? What do they show about what we're like inside?
Inner renewal takes time, but let this be an indicator of where our allegience lies, whether with Christ, or with anything else.

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