Chatterboxes die of an empty heart

Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander. The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless. The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart. -Proverbs 10:18-21 MSG

In the sixth chapter of the gospel of Luke Jesus gives us insight into what Solomon speaks of in these verses:
"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."
I sometimes think that what we say is like a bank account - we cannot withdraw more than we have deposited. If our heart is filled with deposits of envy we will utter envious things. If we have deposited gratitude then thanksgiving will roll off of our tongues. It is why it is so important to fill our hearts with life giving spiritual deposits.

Making deposits into our hearts requires the same diligence that a person saving for retirement needs. Each morning when we awake we make choices about what we will fill our hearts with. Will we preempt an angry outburst later in the day by filling our heart with forgiveness early in the morning or will we let the anger percolate? Will we meditate on the scriptures and fill our hearts with it or will we focus on something else. The choice of deposit is ours.

Help us to know how to store love and other good things in out heart Lord.


  1. Fill our hearts with life giving deposits...words well taken today Bob.
    I don't know why sometimes it's easier to dwell on envy, jealousy and just being annoyed with others.
    Pressing on!

    1. I am pressing on with you Sue! Thanks for the encouragement!


I love to get comments and usually respond. So come back to see my reply.
You can click here to see my comment policy.