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.
In one verse Jesus speaks of the heart three times with three truths
- Good stored in the heart results in good things from the person with such a heart
- Evil stored in the heart results in evil things from the person with such a heart
- What is stored in the heart will be revealed by what the mouth speaks
Jesus prefaced this verse with two others about fruit and the kind of fruit each type of tree bears. Not so different from what He says about the two types of hearts. In addition He states Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. The words you speak are indicative of the fruit of your heart as are your actions.
43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
Try speaking only with others who have a terrible view on life, no hope, no positive expectations, and that is all the talk about. You are putting such in your heart and eventually such will spill from your own lips. On the other hand, speaking only (or primarily) with those who are full of life, joy, hope, and all kinds of positive expectations. When you put such in your heart, it will eventually spill out from your own thoughts and lips.
Those who studied linguistics put it another way in the early twentieth century in a view called the Saphir-Whorf hypothesis, named after the two linguists who developed the theory that
human languages determine the structure of the real world as perceived by human beings, rather than vice versa, and that this structure is different and incommensurable from one language to another
We have all seen this in people around us. The same event occurs for all, but the perception is incredibly different based upon their thoughts – language – stored up in their hearts. Perhaps you have worked in an organization where everyone got a raise. Some see and speak of this as a blessing and are glad to receive it. At the same time others are bitter that it is not enough and others did not deserve it as much as they did – there is no blessing in their worldview.
It is interesting to consider what we speak and share with others, then to consider what it reveals about our hearts, what is stored in our hearts. Also what do our actions – fruits – reveal about what is store in our hearts. Jesus clearly states our fruits – actions – reveal what is stored up in our hearts.
What is stored up in your heart? What do your actions/fruits reveal about your heart? How might you change what is stored up in your heart? Prayer, thanking God for what you do have instead of focusing on what you do not have. In the same vein, Bible study, church fellowship to be around others who see God’s blessings abounding in their lives. And of course seeing and accepting the Free Gift of Grace – something incredibly wonderful that we do not deserve. Or we can hang around those who do not believe while avoiding church, prayer, and any fellowship with believers. The choice is ours.