2018 Daily Devotional: Day 2
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34, KJV).
Your heart and your mouth work together to bring about blessing or harm. The heart is the storage place for your words while your mouth is the exit point for your words. If you don’t like the words coming out of your mouth, check your storage – your heart. Input equals output. Each day you store words in your heart – consciously or unconsciously. Jesus says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him” (Matthew 12:35, NIV). He was referring to our words.
What you store in your heart is your responsibility. You decide which things are stored in your heart. If you store forgiveness, joy, love, peace, humility, honor, grace, Scriptural truths, righteousness and wisdom in your heart, these will lead to wholesome words coming out of your mouth. And wholesome words will build you up as well as build up the people around you. But if you store up bitterness, unforgiveness, hate, violence, filthiness, lust, and gossip, you’ll end up speaking exactly that. Read wholesome literature, especially the Bible. Watch wholesome TV programs that won’t compromise your Christian values. Avoid gossip and profane. Participate in godly conversations. You’re God’s holy child. Fill your heart with holy ideas. And anointed words will proceed from your mouth to bless the world.
Father, by the blood of Jesus you’ve made me holy. By the power of your Holy Spirit in me, I choose to fill my heart with godly things only. Henceforth, wholesome words shall proceed from my mouth to bless those around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
For further study: (1) Colossians 3:16-17 (2) Romans 10:8-10