Monday, November 2, 2009

Heart Words

"Out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45b NKJV
"Whatever is in your heart determines what you say." Luke 6:45b NLT
Our pastor pointed out yesterday morning that this statement leaves us with no ability to blame our outward circumstances for our behaviour--it's all right there in our hearts.
Ugh.
That hit a little close to home.
Then he (had the gall) to say that this statement also means that when I yell crazily at my kids for misbehavior something is revealed, not about their behavior, but about my own heart.
Double ugh!
He could have put my name before that statement.
I find it very easy to blame and complain about my circumstances so that I don't have to look too closely at my own heart--especially in my parenting. The great news is that after convicting us with the words of Scripture, our pastor reminded us of the Word, who covers those same sins with his grace-filled blood.
So, this week my prayer is that all the faults I see in myself would lead me to see my deeper sin, which would then lead me to repent and revel in the grace of the Savior.
And it wouldn't hurt if I could yell a little less at the kids as well. : )

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