Our bodies are an amazing creation. The way we were designed to function boggles the mind. I heard, or probably read one time, that Leonardo da Vinci said just studying the human hand would lead someone to the Creator. While I don’t know if Leonardo really said that, I do know that we are magnificent creations.
Jesus made a body function and connection that I tend to forget in these verses:
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:34(b)-37
My mouth speaks out what my heart is full of…ouch. The reality of that body function can be revealing and sometimes very painful! As I learn to listen to the words pouring forth pass my lips and into the ears of those listening, these verses cause me to pause, or at least they should.
I understand grace and forgiveness, well, at least the best I can anyway, but still, these are some scary words if Jesus meant them. I believe He did. Biblically, the heart tends to be thought of as the center of the human and the mouth speaks out what we are full of in our inner self. What is pouring forth and flowing out?
Life or death, grace or filth, love or hate, the best about someone or less than that, what we wish someone would say about us, or what should never be said, gossip or patience? The list of questions and contrasts could go on for pages.
As we mature, our words, or lack thereof, should reflect growth. We become more Christ-like as the rough edges are sanded down. We begin to think about the next life, eternal rewards and judgments, pleasing our Father and not grieving the Holy Spirit. Our words reflect what is happening inside of us, and what Jesus said should challenge us to make sure that what is flowing out is good and full of life.
If we fill our hearts with the Word, grace, love and patience, then Jesus said that our words will soon reflect what we are storing up. May we stock our inner treasure wisely.