But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ - Matthew 15:18
A retired pastor, was returning home around midnight when he came upon a motorist covered in oil and red-faced with anger. Upon stopping his car, the pastor asked how he could help. The man asked for a ride and immediately let loose with a barrage of profanity. When he finished he asked the pastor what he was doing out so late. When he told him he was a pastor returning home from some evangelistic meetings, the embarrassed man asked the pastor why he didn’t stop him. The pastor replied, “Your problem isn’t your mouth. It’s your heart.” And he proceeded to share with the man who Jesus was and what it means to be one of his followers.
Sometime later, when the pastor told this story, he asked, “How else should we have expected him to speak?” adding, “Would it be better for a man to sing hymns all the way to hell?”
Remember, what comes out of your mouth is a reflection of the condition of your heart.
The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world. -Madame Necker (1766-1841)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.