Monday, January 30, 2012

Heart Words

Matthew 12:35 A good person produces good words from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. (NLT)

The condition of a heart is vital. If it malfunctions or stops beating, the person is in serious danger. Death is a real possibility. People with known heart ailments normally get regular checkups and take medicine. Exercise strengthens the heart. Our heart’s state determines in large part our body’s status, and Jesus says words reflect the heart’s health. Strong physical hearts are not all that’s important. I can have a bad heart and be in good condition or a good heart and be in poor shape. Words determine which. Just as untreated heartworm disease kills dogs, cats and other species of mammals, so heart words of gossip, discouragement, cursing, rudeness and putdowns portray damaged hearts and kill our testimony. Much better is Paul’s advice: Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:6 NLT)

Reflect your heart to someone today.