It beats the exact number of times God has written into His book of life. Not one extra, not one less. It never stops working from the moment of birth to the moment I breathe my last. It is central to my well-being – physically AND spiritually.
The heart directs our choices and reveals our true nature. Scripture says much about the heart including to “guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23).” Tedd and Margy Tripp have listed some adjectives used in the bible to describe the heart in their book Instructing a Child’s Heart. The list includes but is not limited to:
Adulterous, bitter, blameless, circumcised, crushed, deadened, devoted, evil, faint, faithful, grateful, happy, hard, mad, malicious, proud, pure, righteous, sincere, sinful… and the list goes on.
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 (Luke 6:45).
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8).
The words of my mouth reflect the condition of my heart. That thought makes me pause as I recall many words that have escaped my loose lips, words that reveal my constant need for a Savior, forgiveness and grace.
Only a fool believes their heart can be right with God when impatient words, a sharp tongue, or judgmental attitude spews from our heart out through our mouth.
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless (James 1:26).
Oh Father, Help me keep my tongue from evil and my lips from deceitful speech. By your grace I pray I will choose thoughtful and honest words that are wise and bring healing. Let my conversation be always full of grace and seasoned with salt so that I may know how to answer everyone.
(BTW, I recommend the book Instructing A Child’s Heart.)