The Heart of the Issue

The Heart of the Issue

From morning to night, the average person has about 30 conversations per day. Statisticians estimates that most people will spend 13 years of their life talking. Every day our words could write a book of 50-60 pages. In a year, that means we could author 264 books of over 200 pages with our words. It has been estimated that the average man speaks 25,000 words per day and the average woman speaks 30,000 words per day.

Words are very important. God made us to communicate with one another and with Him. We are relational people and verbal communication is a big part of maintaining healthy relationships. However, the Bible has a lot to say about the words we use. And the words we use reveal what kind of heart we have.

Matthew 12:33 says, “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.” Jesus often used the natural world in illustrations to reveal a spiritual truth. In this verse, Jesus made a statement that anyone could understand. If the tree is producing corrupt fruit, it’s an indicator that the tree is diseased or decayed. If the fruit is good, it’s an indicator that the tree is healthy. This is both logical and reasonable. Since verse 22, Jesus had been dealing with the Pharisees. These Pharisees were very strict about outward observances of the law; however, on the inside they were full of corruption and sin. Jesus knew their hearts and He knew why they continued to speak against His miracles. Jesus would go on to say to them some very direct words. He said, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?” Jesus knew that it was impossible for them to speak good things about God because their heart was evil. He reminded them that it is “out of the abundance of the heart [that] the mouth speaketh.” Their blasphemy against the Lord was indicative of their heart attitude toward Him.

Jesus went on to say that “a good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” A man who has been regenerated by the Spirit of God will, out of the good treasure of his heart, bring forth good things through his lips. But an evil man will bring forth evil words and evil thoughts and evil deeds.

That is why the Bible warns that “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgments. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words though shalt be condemned.” The Lord reminds us to guard our words. He also reminds us that our words reveal what is on the inside. Clean up the heart and the words will follow.

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