A Thoughtful Heart

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Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I will not forget you.
Love me, and I may be forced to love you.

William Arthur Ward

Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” 

What is in your heart today?

Gossip?

Curses?

Exaggerations?

Respect?

Encouragement?

Love?

What do your words say about the state of your heart?

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8 responses »

  1. Mine too, Rain. Yet, I think it’s a good test…a good way to evaluate what’s happening on the inside.

    But the tongue may not be controlled by man; it is an unresting evil, it is full of the poison of death. With it we give praise to our Lord and Father; and with it we put a curse on men who are made in God’s image. Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not right for these things to be so. Does the fountain send from the same outlet sweet and bitter water? ~James 3:8-12

    Only God…

  2. Michelle, gossip, curses, exagerations, respect, encouragement and love pretty much sums up every day for me. 🙂

    I don’t have enough control over my emotions to avoid spending some time with negative ones. I would not want to surpress any emotion, as they are all a part of who I am. The important thing is that when I do feel upset, angry, etc. I work to channel that energy into something postive.

    Some times my rose colored glasses do need cleaning 🙂 , but overall they have help me keep focused on the wonderful things in my life, the wonder in all life.

  3. “The important thing is that when I do feel upset, angry, etc. I work to channel that energy into something postive.”

    I think that’s key. Emotions are not evil. They just are. But what we do with them…how we choose to spew or not to spew…well, I believe that’s where we will be held accountable.

    However, if mostly bitterness, criticism, angry words come out of the mouth, something may be very wrong in the heart.

    And keeping focused on the wonderful things in life. YES!!! (I’m working on that one.) 😉

    Oh! And…
    Happy Birthday, Ed!!!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  4. Good topic.

    Honestly, my heart likely includes all the above during a day. My intent is to pray more and focus on growing my relationship with Jesus–so that my thoughts are a pleasing offering to Him.

  5. Hey, Slamdunk. I find my thoughts run the gamut and am learning the same: Pray without ceasing. It’s that vital connection with Him, for without it, I just might speak the things that run through my mind. 😯

    “Quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”

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