A joyful heart, sad heart, cheerful heart, righteous heart, ALL are mentioned in Proverbs 15. Often the tongue is mentioned in Proverbs but it’s not the tongue that causes damage. What is in our heart is what comes out of the mouth. While we desperately need to watch our tongues, have you and I taken the time to recognize what is in our hearts? Do you find fear of the Lord, uprightness, understanding, wisdom, and humility? When these virtues dwell in our hearts it will be reflected in our speech, attitudes and dealings with others. Better still is the fact that our hearts can be open to the Lord with no guilt or shame. All that resides in our hearts would then be pure.
With all that is happening in our world it is easy to let our mouths voice opinions, concerns and judgements. Be careful …your heart is being exposed. Before exposing our hearts to others it would be wise to bring the matters of our hearts to the Lord to allow Him to examine and purify us.
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.