Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The Pharisees have accused Jesus of being in league with Satan because he cast a demon from a man who was blind and mute. Jesus responds the way that John the Baptist did and calls them a brood of vipers. He does not mince words and says that their words are representative of people who have evil hearts.

Many people bristle at the idea that some have evil hearts.. these think that all people are basically good. It reminds me of our need for spiritual rebirth and inner transformation.. and of this promise from the prophet Ezekiel:
I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
The truth is that we all need a new heart that is neither evil or desperately wicked. The promise is that God will give us that new heart when we respond to him. And our mouths will speak good things from that new heart.

Thank you Lord for your transforming power. Thank you for my new heart.

1 comment:

  1. That passage is very sobering when I think of all my careless words... but it drives me to seek a heart change from HIM. Thanks Bob.

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