Today, I am grateful for the truth and wisdom found in this passage of Scripture: the contents of person’s heart can be evidenced by his/her actions and words. Indeed, Jesus states a similar sentiment in Luke 6:45 (NASB):
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
Whatever is inside of me will come out when pressure and pressure are applied to my life, and the same principle holds true for you, as well!
However, I am particularly thankful for the people in my life – friends, family, and other loved ones – whose hearts overflow with kindness, care, and genuine positive regard, despite what I say and do at times. I see these attributes lived out in real time through their thoughtful words and selfless actions.
I don’t know if it’s possible to be a selfish and immature person, yet still share meaningful and thoughtful words with others, and perform genuinely selfless acts. The way I see it, there seems to be a heart/body connection, where I must legitimately care about those around me, and then the others-focused actions and words will legitimately stem from there. Anything else is false, and is motivated by pride (self-glory), rather than the desire to bring glory to God by sharing His love with those around me.
Have you asked yourself what is inside your heart lately? What treasure do you have in there? What fills your heart?
After you’ve pondered those questions, then take a moment to reflect on your words and actions. Do they line up with what you have professed is inside of your heart?
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for this simple, yet profound truth from the Bible. May I never forget that my actions and words are powerful, and that they reflect the contents of my heart. Remind me to make daily choices that honor You and others, and to be diligent in my efforts to purge pride and selfishness from my heart. Thank You for loving and forgiving me, even when thoughts and feelings that do not honor You or others occasionally “leak out” from my heart. Your goodness, faithfulness, and lovingkindness toward me are staggering. I love You, Lord! In Your name I pray, Amen.