‘A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.‘ -Luke 6:45
When you speak to people… do you say what you mean & mean what you say?
At least not nearly as much as I’d like to. I’ll have a birth in my heart that is pure and true and full of encouragement and love… that if it were to make it to the intended recipient’s ears… it would build up and encourage them in the way they would need to be able to experience the love and joy God intended for them to live in.
But that doesn’t often happen.
Like a dirty windshield full of bugs and bird mess blocking our view of the road ahead leading to our desired destination… the lies filter and distort the words representing our heart’s intentions until they soar out of our mouth like arrows of discouragement and defeat… searing the very hearts we intended to swell with goodness and love.
A couple examples one might relate to:
Truth (born in the heart): You have so much going for you and can do great things with your God-given talents!
Lie (manufactured/manipulated somewhere between the heart and mouth- most likely in the brain): That looks hard and takes alot ot work. Are you sure you’d be able to do that? You might want to try something that you’re more capable of… something a little easier. You just don’t have what it takes.
Truth #2 (born in the heart): I love you and see all the beauty God has created in and through you!
Lie (manufactured/manipulated somewhere between the heart and mouth- most likely in the brain): You’re simply just not good enough and need a lot of work before I’d be able to truly love and see you for who you are.
It’s ridiculous and frustrating how we allow this constant breakdown of truth in relationship building happen. We allow lies that lead us to believe we will be seen as weak… or judged… or be expected to live up to unattainable/untrue standards/ideas we are only setting for ourslelves. (Have you ever been afraid to tell someone you love them because you think they might get the wrong idea?)
NO ONE EVER NOT WANTS TO HEAR THEY ARE GOOD AND THAT THEY ARE LOVED…. EVER (no matter how much they try to put up a front of denial)
So what needs to happen… what WE, INDIVIDUALLY need to do… is search out (and destroy) these lies and uncover the truths that will make us more like God intended for us to be: HONEST & TRUE… like we were when we were children…
‘Then he said: I promise you this. If you don’t change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.‘ -Matthew 18:3
I pray this for both you & I.
You are awesome & I love you 🙂