Healed Heart

Jun 26, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
Matt. 15:11; NASB

Like all of us, I’m sure you have said things from time to time you wish you could take back. Sometimes you know what you said was inappropriate immediately after saying it, other times it doesn’t hit you for a while. You might not even know why you said what you did. Regardless of the reason, you realize saying it differently, or maybe not at all, would have been a better idea. Then the battle begins; should I apologize or just let it go? Whatever the outcome, the fact remains that, had you thought it through, it would have gone differently.

There is an old saying, “whatever is in the well comes up in the bucket.” If there is discontent in your heart, it will manifest in the things you say. You might try to curtail your words, but that will prove futile. What is in your heart will come out at some point. God’s word tells us, “And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity” (James 3:6). If there is any jealousy, anger, or bitterness in your heart, it will come out in the things you say. This would not be such a problem if you could control when those things come out. But no one has that kind of control. James also tells us, “But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). What is in your heart will come out in the way you treat others. You might choose your words carefully, but if you are not being honest, your tone of voice and body language will give you away. The root of our tongue problem is our heart, and there is only one cure for that.

God told us through the prophet, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Jeremiah’s response to this was “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed, save me and I will be saved, for You are my praise” (Jer. 17:14). Ever since the Garden, where sin entered mankind for the first time, we have been born into sin. Paul told us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). A sinful heart is a trap for all sorts of brokenness, which comes out at the most inconvenient times. Whether consciously or unconsciously, it is uncomfortable (and sometimes hurtful) when the brokenness in us comes out because of a weak moment. This all might seem overwhelming, but there is hope, and it comes through Jesus Christ.

Scripture tells us, “Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” (2 Cor. 5:17; AMP). If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have a new heart. If you are still battling with anger, jealousy, or other discontentment, it is because you have not truly given it to God. We continue to struggle with such things because we choose not to let them go. These are hard words to swallow if you are struggling with tough issues, but if you want to get free, they must be swallowed.

Paul tells us, “For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit” (Rom. 8:5; AMP). God will heal your wounds. There are none too deep for Him. Humbly seek His comfort, willingly submit your desires to His, and you will find that what proceeds from your mouth will bless and uplift those around you.

God bless and have a great week

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