Welcome to “Java For Life.” I am your online barista. Allow me to fix you a devotional drink about the Christian life. Today’s cup is an Almond Latte about the heart as the source of all our words.
The heart is where it all begins. If the heart is right, then good words come from it. But if the heart is NOT right then, bad things come from it. It’s really that simple. Now, our hearts can be very complicated. But from the bottom of our hearts comes this simple truth.
Jesus says in Luke 6:45, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
That’s pretty straight forward. The heart is the source not the mouth. In fact, Jesus describes the heart as having the ability to store up things. In the original Greek, this storage container is the word thesaru, where we get our English word thesaurus. A thesaurus is a collection of words. And so, your heart is like a thesaurus, a vast collection of words, thoughts, and motives.
A Pitcher of Water
Then Jesus adds the analogy of a pitcher of water by saying, “For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” And so, the container quickly becomes a pitcher of water that tips and pours. In fact, the tipping point comes often as the pitcher can only hold so much. And so, it overflows the excess. And this overflow is what the other person receives.
Wash Your Mouth out with Soap!?
Today’s java is about the overflowing words. Some of it can be really good and edifies the listener. And some of it can be really bad and hurts the other person. And when bad words come out, people say, “watch your mouth.” But, the java truth is that it’s not the mouth that’s bad. There is that old saying about washing out the mouth with soap. Well, it’s not the mouth that needs washing. It’s not about sticking a bar of Ivory Soap in your mouth. It’s about cleansing the heart of all the impurities stored up there.
The Cleansing Process
And this cleansing process is a two-part process. The first part is where we ourselves must cleanse our hearts. This is our personal responsibility to develop our hearts and check what overflows from it. And the second part is the process that God does. For, the process of cleansing the heart is not just a personal endeavor but involves the work of God who helps us to become better. This two-part process is called sanctification where you and God both play a role.
If you’re meeting in a group, you can pause now to discuss the positive and negative impacts of our words. Share experiences where words just poured out of your mouth and even surprised you. Such an overflow reveals much about the condition of your heart. Talk about the nature of your words and what it reveals about your heart. Then share biblical strategies of fixing your heart so that it will hold the right words.
Consider today the heart of the matter. It’s all about the heart and its overflow. Take time today to check your heart and watch the overflow. And ask God to help you in the cleansing process.
Until next time, remember that the overflow of the heart is important towards the greater purpose for your life.