Proverbs 4

Scripture: Proverbs 4:23-24

Scripture:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.”

Observation:
The words that come out of your mouth are fueled by what is in your heart. Is your heart full of love and joy? Is it full of bitterness and wrath? The words that come out of your mouth will be a reflection of the state of your heart. As followers of Christ, our daily goal should be to become more and more like Christ. The discipline of guarding your heart and wisely choosing your words are an important part of that process.

Application:
We live in a #justsayin #keepingitreal #100 society where people think that just because we have the freedom to say what we want, we should say what we want. As Christians, the problem with this perspective is that once we made the decision to surrender our lives to Christ, we didn’t negotiate a deal to only surrender on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. We didn’t negotiate a deal where we can surrender everything except our hearts and mouths. No, we surrendered it all, and God is not in the business of negotiating. So, the next time you have a #justsayin moment, stop. Ask God to search your heart and help you to recognize your motive. If the words you want to share don’t reflect Christ, then don’t say anything. Discipline your heart and your mouth will follow.

Prayer:
God, thank you that despite knowing the flawed areas of our hearts, and what unfortunately comes out of our mouths, you still love us. Lord, I ask that for every person reading this today, you would meet them exactly where they are (in exactly the state their heart is in) and remove our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh. Bless us with wisdom to guard our hearts and discipline when we speak. May everything that flows from us, flow directly from you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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