I’m always amazed at the way God speaks to me.
I don’t know why – I shouldn’t be.
This week, in the Gentle Holy Yoga TV practice Brooke Boon leads, she mentions a verse in passing about how our words reveal our heart.
And it sent me digging.
God lead me to a big chunk of Jesus’s teaching that my NIV Bible calls The Sermon on the Plain. And that kind of works – because it’s in a big section of Scripture where Jesus just sort of lays it out there in easy to understand language.
There’s the Beatitudes, which are so contrary to the world’s way of living but clearly set up Jesus’s plan for His Kingdom.
He says to love your enemies.
And is pretty adamant that we are not judge.
And then He gets to this part about trees being recognized by their fruit and how it’s the same with people.
Count on this: no good tree bears bad fruit, and no bad tree bears good fruit. 44 You can know a tree by the fruit it bears. You don’t find figs on a thorn bush, and you can’t pick grapes from a briar bush. 45 It’s the same with people. A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.
Luke 6: 43-45
This. Oh, this:
The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.
My words are an issue I’ve been working to tame for many years. They were my first defense when I was teased as a child and my ability to use them is something I take too much pride in. It’s so easy to slide back into using them in ways that doesn’t bring God glory.
But the idea that they reveal what’s my heart?
That’s a little bit overwhelming.
And something to continue to pray about and work on.
There’s something else that God showed me, though: I think sometimes we need living in the era of social media asterisks and notes in Scripture. Because it’s not just the words of our mouth – it’s the actions of our fingers.
It’s the photos we post on Instagram.
The jokes we share on Twitter.
The images we reshare on Facebook…and the words we post.
It all adds up to paint a picture of the fruit that we’re growing in our faith walk.
And it brings to mind these verses that Paul wrote…
The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down
the strongholds erected against His truth. 5 We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought,
every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Taking every thought and emotion and subduing them into obedience.
I wonder sometimes how much more critical that it is today than it was in the era that Paul was writing in. Today, it’s not just the words of our mouth, but every photo, status update, comment, meme – everything we post to social media – is out there.
It all reflects on us, it all reflects on Jesus and it all reflects on our relationship with Him.
It can ruin.
Or it can help others see Jesus in us, and want to know more about Him.
Lord, I confess that there are many times my heart doesn’t mirror Yours and that the overflow of my mouth has reflected that in ways that don’t honor You or those I’m with. Help me to become even more rooted in You, so that my life overflows with Your presence and love. Remind me to take my words and thoughts captive, to subdue my heart to obedience to You. Father, I love you and I pray my life would be a reflection of You.
*all Scripture is from the Voice translation