The Heart of the Matter

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”Luke 6:45.blogheart-2028062__340

We started the New Year looking for the abundance of God, the fullness of God in you.

“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”

The fullness of God abides in Christ and He in His followers through the Holy Spirit. All He is, except being God, He has given to His followers through the Holy Spirit.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20.

Many times we speak of this as Christ living in our hearts, coming into our hearts. But what is this thing we call the heart? It’s definitely more than the organ that pumps our blood. It’s more than the cute sentiments found on all the little red hearts floating around this week. When the Bible speaks of the heart of man, we are taken to the depths, the totality of what makes a person the person he/she is.

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” Luke 6:43-45.

“A good man out of the good treasure of his hearth bringeth forth that which is good… Treasures of…righteousness delivereth from death… The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life… In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found… The tongue of the just is as choice silver… The lips of the righteous feed many… The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom…The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable…”( Prov. 10:2b; 11a; 13a; 20a; 21a; 31a; 32a).

 “…and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil… Treasures of wickedness profit nothing… but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked… but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction… the heart of the wicked is little worth… fools die for want of wisdom… the froward tongue shall be cut out… the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.” (Prov.10: 2a; 11b;14b; 20b; 21b;31b;32b)

“…for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh…Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” James 3:9-12.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”Prov. 4:23.

What is your heart speaking? Blessing or cursing? Treasures of life or treasures of death?

Father, instead of guarding the tongue, may we guard our hearts that our tongues will be guided by our hearts filled with you.

 

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