“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”. Luke 6:45 NASB
You can always find an argument. Parents argue with teachers over education. Teachers argue with State Administrators over low wages. Republicans argue with Democrats over policy. China argues with North Korea over autonomy. Arab nations argue with Israel over sovereignty. Christians argue with Muslims over religion. It is like painting a picture of Truth on a dark night when there is no light. And you have never seen Truth, and you have never known Truth, and you have never touched colours, and you don’t know how to paint, and you don’t know how to hold a paint brush, and you don’t know how to mix colours, and you cannot see which colour is which because the night is so dark. And you go on painting. And in the morning when you can see, you say: ‘Look! This is Truth’. It is all arrogance. It is all deep ignorance.
“…and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart”.
According to the world this is truth…
“I said, It’s 3am in the morning. Put my key in the door ‘n’ bodies laying all over the floor ‘n’ I don’t remember how they got there but I guess I must’ve killed them, killed them…”
This is the truth from a popular rap musician. According to the world this is the truth we should feed our children. This is the world’s argument. Now imagine listening to these so-called truths for an hour. For a day. For a month. For a year. For a lifetime. What words would come out of your heart then? Would they defile you? You must guard your heart with all diligence from the words of others you allow over your household, i.e., the Internet and books you read, the TV and movies you watch, and especially the music you listen to. The words you allow your heart to deeply experience should encourage the life you desire.
So how do you guard your heart from the fiery darts of the enemy or when the negative energy of others is directed towards you? Knowledge is power. Knowing the power of words forewarns us and dilutes their effect. When faced with the unfortunate words of others, you can do one or two things: You can visualize yourself surrounded by a solid wall that simply cannot be penetrated by any force in the universe, and see the negative words bouncing off. Or out of the good treasure of your heart you can bring forth what is good. You can choose to change the energy field of negativity with Love.
It isn’t only the words we exchange with others that hold such power. It’s often the words we feed ourselves. We all have an ongoing inner commentary that we’re so used to we usually don’t notice. But what that commentary says really matters to your heart health. Make the effort to listen to what’s going on in your head. Is your internal conversation filled with words of anger, hatred, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness? Or are they positive, loving, gracious, encouraging and forgiving words? Each word determines how you experience life; so if they’re negative, change them. It takes effort, but it can be done.
You must choose your words carefully whenever you meditate, pray, or if you have a personal affirmation. Don’t simply repeat by rote, but know the power and energy of the every word.
And bring forth out of the treasure of your heart what is good.
I surrender this session to You. I ask that my interaction with this person be used for Your purposes.
I surrender all worldly thought I would bring from my past and ask, in this moment, to be filled with Your wisdom.
May I be used as a channel for Your healing power, for by myself I can heal no one. Rather I remember that Your power within me does the work. Show me how to love this person and listen to him and counsel him as You would have me do.
May I remind him of his own magnificence that through this memory he might awaken to truth.
May I minister to him truly through Your words and Your thoughts and Your love. Amen. Prayer by Marianne Williamson