Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “To guard your mouth you must guard your heart.”
To guard your mouth you must guard your heart, for out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks – so says Jesus in Matthew 12:34b. Luke records this same truth for us in Luke 6:45 using slightly different words:
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
One of the most important Biblical truths God has given us is that the condition of the heart governs the words we speak and the actions we take. Through sheer force of will we might we able to conceal the real condition of our heart for a while, but sooner or later, especially in unguarded moments or in times of stress and pressure, what’s really in the heart is going to come out of the mouth. This means that we need to have a transformed heart, and also that we then need to do the things that nurture that transformed heart.
The moment you make a decision to place your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your heart and begins a lifelong process of transformation as He works to change you into the man or woman God intends for you to be. But it is a process, a lifelong process, and the work is not all up to the Holy Spirit. Each of us has a role in this too. We must have personal daily spiritual disciplines like prayer time and Bible study. Throughout the day we must also intentionally fill our minds with good thoughts and influences, as opposed to the filth of the world. And we must faithfully gather with other Christians for study, fellowship, worship, and service. Full participation in the life of a good church is one of the most transformative activities a Christian can engage in.
I encourage you to attend church this Sunday. If you aren’t already a member of a good church, I invite you to visit us at Oak Hill Baptist in Crossville, TN. Sunday school is at 9:00, the worship service is 10:00, and the evening service is at 6:00. You can learn more about us by visiting our website at www.oakhillbaptist.net.