Monday, February 1, 2010

No one wants a judgmental, critical or rude heart...

Yesterday I was reminded of the fact that what comes out of my mouth is a reflection of what is going on in my heart. If this is true than over the last few weeks my heart has not been looking so good. My thoughts and word have been highly critical and judgmental. Last night at church I was highly convicted of this. (you should listen to the sermon from last night if you were not beware only do it if you want to be highly challenged). It was a yucky feeling when I realized this. I mean who wants to be mean, judgmental, critical or rude? Not me. I knew part of it was learning to not let my thoughts go certain places but I also knew that somethings in my heart needed to change. New choices needed to be made.

This morning I feel fully dependent on God. My mouth is not something I do well controlling. This I know I need God.

In the book I was reading this morning I found this quote- "Make honesty and integrity the distinguishing characteristics of your speech. Reject jargon and abstract speculation, the purpose of which is to obscure and impress rather than to illuminate and inform. We have simplicity of speech when our words come from only one Source." --Richard J. Foster

Not only do we need simplicity in our life but in our speech as well. Not only should we "let our words be few" but also let them be simple, honest, and meaningful. Its so challenging, especially in a world where we can say whatever, whenever and no one even thinks twice about it.

This week let's remember that what comes out of our mouth is a reflection of what is going on in our heart. Get the root of the problem and may "our words come from only one Source," God Almighty.
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