Your tongue can’t hurt others without hurting yourself. Why? Because you are attached to the other end of your tongue. Sounds like a joke or a riddle, but it is no joke. We need to teach our children this very important lesson.
Probably all of us have had a slip of the tongue and thought, “Now where did that come from?”
“for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34b
Nobody appreciates a tattletale, but our tongue is our tattletale of our heart. The tongue and the heart are closely connected.
There are things growing in our heart. We are always taught to monitor our behavior, but Jesus said that there are an abundance of things growing in our heart that will eventually come out.
If we were being taped all week, how much would we want it played in public? If you are like me, you try hard, but you keep slipping up. Sometimes, it seems like the Christian walk is littered with banana peels. Be encouraged! James preached to keep pursuing, but we will slip up at times. See James 3:2.
You and I need to ask ourselves this question on a regular basis: “How is my heart?” We need to daily monitor our heart.
Do I think positive or negative about people? Do I harshly judge people or do I accept them as they are, but love them toward change? Do I allow angry or jealous thoughts to enter my mind? Am I discontent or am I content? Am I thankful or ungrateful? These thoughts will affect my countenance, my conversations, my health and my heart. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Every adult in the world has had someone mistreat her in some way. Some mistreatment is more severe than others. What is more important than any abuse or mistreatment is the way we allow our minds to think on this mistreatment. The way we handle mistreatment in our minds will lodge and grow in our hearts.
Why are some people positive, happy and forgiving when they suffered abuse and others bitter, unhappy, and unforgiving who have suffered from much less? What is the difference? The answer is: Drum-roll please~~~~
The negative, angry, unforgiving people hold on to their bitterness refusing to let it go… by forgiving their offender(s). Bitterness lodges and grows in their heart, making it an ugly heart.
The positive happy people come to a point in their lives where they make a conscious decision:
- God has a good purpose for their lives.
- They use the hurt they experienced to help others.
- They choose to forgive the people who hurt them.
- Instead of ugliness growing in their heart, they have the fruit of the spirit growing in their heart; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. See Galatians 5:22
Is it easy for the happy positive people to do these things after mistreatment? NO! Is it easy to have right thinking? NO! Is it imperative to one’s life to make these conscious decisions? A million times, YES!
It is freedom and happiness when we do a heart check-up and replace negative thoughts with happy, kind, forgiving, Bible thoughts.
This is most Important: When we realize we are thinking a wrong thought, we try to get rid of it. Have you noticed that method does not work? Instead, pull in right thoughts and the negative wrong thoughts will push out. (Pull in Philippians. 4:8)
Let us begin our day with Pull Ins!
- Name five blessings.
- Think on all the good the Lord has done for you. Start with the day He saved you.
- Thank the Lord right now.
- Thank others who have made a difference in your life. Start with your family members.
- Meditate all day on a favorite encouraging Bible passage. I am meditating on Galatians 5:22 today.
- Pull in good thoughts today. Why? To push out the evil thoughts.
- Now ask yourself this question: How is my heart right now?
- Before you lay your head down on your pillow tonight, evaluate your day. How was my heart today? If you still have a heart problem, tell the Lord all about it. He cares like no one else!
- Remember to Pull In, Pull In and Pull In Some More! God is cheering you on, because you are a winner!