Have you ever caught yourself saying something that surprised you? Maybe you heard yourself talking about someone else in a negative way; or maybe you caught a pessimistic attitude taking root through your speech.
Luke 6:45 tells us, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” If we want to know what’s going on in our hearts, all we have to do is pay attention to our conversations.
When I catch myself saying certain things, I know that I’m going in the wrong direction. Just like roads have “Warning” signs and “Caution” signs, our language and our words indicate where we’re headed. If we don’t heed the signs, we’ll be surprised when we end up somewhere we never intended to go.
Listen to what’s coming out of your mouth. Are your words life-giving, positive, and healthy? Or have they begun to turn bitter, angry, and resentful? An angry heart will result in angry words; a hostile heart will result in hostile words.
We will all have moments of anger and frustration; but it’s up to us to make sure that those moments don’t grow roots and give way to bitterness. When we’re upset with someone and we don’t deal with the raw emotions of that moment, it’s not going to be long before we start to open our mouths and try to get others to feel the way we do. Address your emotions, surrender your anger to God, and watch your conversation change for the better.
Dr. Derek Grier