I have something my family calls my “driving word”. Although I have not used it for many many years my children still remember it. And remember it in a very poignant way! Do you have a “driving word”? Let’s talk about it…
My off-color word only came out when I was driving. It welled up from inside me and spewing out of my mouth when someone would be passing me on a double yellow line… or when an insane driver would cut me off… or when a driver was just being plain crazy!
One day when my two little ones were safely strapped into their car seats and we were happily singing along to WE SING SILLY SONGS a car turned right in front of our’s and I almost hit it! It was a very close call and I was quite shaken! From the back seat, a wee sweet voice yelled out my “driving word” for me!
I was heartsick! What a lesson straight from the mouth of a babe… my babe!
for the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart Luke 6:45
My problem was not other drivers my problem was me. And my problem was not my mouth it was my heart.
Jesus told us what we say comes from the condition of our heart. The word heart in Greek is CARDIA. It carries the idea of our mind, emotion, intellect, and will. What we say is what we think and feel and know and want to say.
What we say gives us a very good look into the depths of our heart! And what others say shows us what is in the depth of their hearts too!
This is a very interesting and telling perspective. When we are aware enough to listen to what we say, we can see the condition of our very heart!
Our hearts and lips work in tandem. They are a team! Our lips give voice to our inner thoughts.
I don’t say my “driving word” anymore but here’s the thing if I’m not careful I sometimes think it. I no longer give voice to it, but left unchecked I can still find that word in my heart! This saddens me greatly!
It’s like part of my heart is still untamed and sick. That’s how hearts are!
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?Jeremiah 17:9
Our heart (our mind, emotions, intellect, and will) is habitually dishonest and misleading. It’s continual cry is to have it’s own way. Often the ugly cries of our cheating hearts builds up inside us and makes us so uncomfortable that the pressure of our heart is released in the words we say! I call that word vomit. It’s a graphic word picture of our sick hearts!
Even if we are children of God… our hearts remain a constant problem. We must be aware of that.
The good news is that as we walk closer to and longer with Jesus and fill our thoughts and intellect and feelings with His ways and His thoughts our will start to be His. This is an amazing truth! The fight to keep our heart and lips in check will always be there but it does get easier! However, we must always watch the condition of our hearts and give it no voice.
Proverbs, the book to make people wise, in chapter 4 and verse 23 says…
In other words, we must watch what we put into our minds, what we feed our intellect, what emotions we give license too, and the reign of our will over our life. This is a constant and close watch! Because it will, I repeat, WILL determine the course of our life!
Think of a tube toothpaste. What comes out cannot go back in. Once our words from our heart are out there… they are out there for good!
When my “driving word” creeps up from that dark hidden depth of my heart I need to render it powerless once again! Acknowledging that my “driving word” is wrong and willful and then submitting to what God would have me do. That usually looks like blessing a crazy driver and asking God to show Himself big in the driver’s life.
And when my heart realigns with God’s heart the benefit is peace and joy! Peace and joy is the only victoriously way to live in this life!
The condition of our heart and mouth is for us to choose!
Our heart can fill the course of our life and those around us with ugliness, strife, baseness, defilement, deception and hurt or we can choose to give our hearts and lips over to the Lord and then earnestly guard them. The outcome will be life-changing for us and those who live around us too.
I choose grace, joy, comfort, gentleness, truth, blessings, peace and all the wonderful blessing that come from a heart that abides IN HIM!
How about you?
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