“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” (Matthew 12:34–35, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Sometimes we Christians will intentionally speak (post, tweet) maliciously and no amount of “thinking” can stop us. In these cases the “overflow of [our] heart” is quite clear. The old man, the evil man is still controlling us and the overflow of our heart brings out the evil of our old sin nature.
At other times, it’s just a matter of speaking (posting, tweeting) without thinking. It is then that the overflow of our hearts reveals how far along we are in our walk with Christ. Is the old, evil, sinful nature still in control or are we being transformed into His likeness? Are we being controlled by the Spirit?
My Advice – Think before you speak (post, tweet). The truth is, of course, paramount. But sometimes, we can use the truth to be hurtful not helpful, to discourage rather than inspire. It is never necessary to lie, but it should never be used to be inconsiderate, cruel or unkind. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15, NIV 1984). For “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:24–25, NIV 1984). Then the overflow of your heart (intentionally or without even thinking) will be “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22, NIV 1984).
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