For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
My Dad loved golf.
You didn’t need to talk with him long before realizing just how much he loved it. When I met Dad for breakfast I would ask him, “How are you doing?”. He would invariably reply with something like, “Not bad – I shot a 49 yesterday.” He’d then go on to describe how he’d played (good or bad) on various holes. He’d tell me about new clubs he’d built for his friends. He didn’t just talk to me like this. He talked to everyone about golf. He loved it.
Jesus told His disciples, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45). I’m not trying to say that there was anything “evil” or bad about my Dad’s love for golf. I know he was a man who loved Jesus. It’s just an inevitable fact that the things that fill our heart will be reflected in our conversation. Sometimes my family will be discussing something at the dinner table and I’ll say, “You know, the Bible says…” At this point my girls will look at each other, roll their eyes, and tease me by saying, “Here comes another sermon.” I just laugh and say, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”
Then (of course) I go on with my sermon!
The reality is that I want to be so passionately in love with Jesus that talk of Him fills my conversation. I want Him to so completely fill my heart that I can’t help but talk about Him. And when I hear words of anger, bitterness, selfishness, or cursing coming out of my mouth, it shows a part of my heart that I’m not proud of – a part that needs to be cleansed by Jesus. I’m so thankful that in those times I can go to Him for forgiveness and know that He’ll deal with me in mercy and love.
What does your conversation reveal about what your heart is filled with? If you’re not pleased with the answer, I encourage you to turn to Jesus and ask Him to fill your heart and life.