Updated: May 9
The other day, I was thinking about something and before I knew it, it was out of my mouth. Now don’t get me wrong, it was nothing bad, in fact it was not even a word that got me in trouble, it was a sigh. There have been times when I have said “sorry, did I roll my eyes too loudly” or let out a rather loud guffaw but this past week I got to thinking that this is all an external expression of what is in my heart. We have talked about this before, what is the foundation of our faith? God said that He has written His word upon our heart. Jesus has the perfect message, “love one another as yourself”. Ask yourself this then, would you guffaw, roll your eyes or, let’s kick this up a notch, yell at your friend or family member if you truly loved them. Funny how I was taught that we are the hardest on those we love the most and, in many cases, we will say things to them we would not dare to anyone else. This got me to pondering why? I truly believe, and you can correct me if you want, it is not the mouth that gets us in to trouble but rather the heart. Think about this for a moment, if we were to truly love our neighbour as ourselves or even love our enemy just as much, would we take jabs at them and fan the flames of the anger? I mean Jesus told us “blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9).
This may be an old cliché, but I feel it is the one thing that may be missing in this world. I am talking about “what would Jesus do?” Let’s take this down a parallel path “what would Jesus say and why would He say it that way?” Yes, Jesus did raise His voice a co
uple times but for the most part, He sought out ways to lift people up rather than let the situation control His heart and temper. The Pharisees were looking for ways to mess Him up, but Jesus’ mouth was in unison with His heart. The woman at the well was waiting for chastising but she found love and compassion in His words. The woman caught in adultery was waiting to hear the judgement of death by stoning and yet Jesus said, “where are your accusers?” This is where His heart shone through when He told her “Then neither do I, go forth and sin no more”. What is in the heart, I feel, is what guides our mouth in the direction of hurtful or helping comments.
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Eph 4:29 NLT
Read on further in this chapter because this is where we will be focusing on Sunday. We invite you to gather with us at 10:30 a.m. to explore His love and His message for our hearts. The service will be broadcast online (see links below) or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB.
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