From the Quietness of the War Room.
Luke 6:45 (NASB) 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. source
The chambered muscular organ in vertebrates that pumps blood received from the veins into the arteries, thereby maintaining the flow of blood through the entire circulatory system. source
So obviously the TEXT is speaking of something different.
And from the same source above this:
The vital center and source of one’s being, emotions, and sensibilities. The repository of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs. The seat of the intellect or imagination.
For purposes here let’s go with The repository of one’s deepest and sincerest feelings and beliefs.
(Anatomy) the opening through which many animals take in food and issue vocal sounds. source
Our mouths take in nutrients and let out sounds; in most humans those sounds are called words. Today and for a while now we have had multiple venues to display or express our words. We let them out into the room we are occupying, we speak into a phone and we pick up a pen, pencil, iPad, laptop, desktop, tablet and our phones and we upload our words (to clarify: our words include images, pictures, videos, graphics of all kinds – our own and in context even those of others we choose to share) to all manner of Social Media. I’m doing so right now! Even though you are not hearing my words, I am surely speaking. Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
And if you have heard me long, you have a more than fairly accurate understanding of what I say because I pretty much put myself out here. Sometimes I think long and hard before I say it; other times it comes quick and the upload is done before I know it. And once it is uploaded and once you have read it, I can’t take it back. Sure I can delete the post but for those who read it before the delete – it’s there; no retrieving it. It’s said!
Words matter, don’t they?
Have you ever heard a word come from your mouth and immediately you wished you could snatch it back? Me too. And yet my verse today tells me if it had not already been in my heart I would not have said it. (I know, I know there are some exceptions, but by and large, it’s true – hissy fits are not an exception!) Oh what we would learn about ourselves if we would listen to our words, especially our Social Media words.
How’s this for a KT Paraphrase of the ending portion of today’s verse
. . . for our mouths (Facebook pages, Twitter, etc.) speak from that which fills our hearts.
Here’s my suggestion (and perhaps not just mine) let us take a decisive look at our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap-chat, etc. words and learn our own hearts. Our legacy, our testimony for JESUS hangs on our words.
Proverbs 18:21 (TLV) 21 Death and life are in the control of the tongue. Those who indulge in it will eat its fruit. source