The connection between the heart and the tongue
My words reflect a heart that is saturated by beauty and goodness or contaminated by cynicism, anger and unresolved conflict.
That is why
- I must pray,”Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight” (Psalm 19:14)
- I must attempt to exercise self-control over my tongue (James 3:1-12)
- I must guard my heart and my mouth
“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” (Psalms 141:3 ESV)
“I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.”” (Psalms 39:1 ESV)
“Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.” (Psalms 26:2 ESV)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10 ESV)
“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 ESV)
As John Eldredge says,
- My heart is good
- God is deeply concerned for my heart
- Because a battle rages for my heart, I must engage the enemy if I am concerned for my heart.
Jesus said ““What comes out of a person is what defiles him.” (Mark 7:20 ESV) Yet because of the ongoing battle, “Who can say, “I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?” (Proverbs 20:9 ESV)