Life isn’t just about our thoughts and actions.
When I was young I tested the boundaries of what I could get away with. When I explored negative behaviors my parents stepped in and corrected me. I learned what I could and could not do. Certain words and behaviors were against the rules. As I grew older I learned how to take control of my words and behaviors.
Every now and then my old words and behaviors slip through the filter I have set up. In a moment of frustration I may say something I know is wrong. When confronted with a tough decision, and the pressure is mounting, I may make a choice that is against what I was brought up to believe was right.
In Matthew chapter 15 Jesus tells us, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart.”
Our mouth and our actions are a window into our heart. Inside we may tell ourselves that we are a good person. Jesus would tell us that we just have a sophisticated filter. The things that come out of our mouth are what really lurks deep in our spirit.
In this five week series we will examine four conditions of the heart that are the root of sour attitudes, hurt-filled relationships, and regretful actions: guilt, jealousy, greed, and anger.
Join the rest of the New Life Men in Sunday School Classroom WC104 every Sunday morning at 9:00.