The treasure of our hearts comes out in our words. As imperfect humans, we will not be able to say the right thing all the time. We will not glorify God in everything we say. To guard against speaking this way, we first need to make sure the treasures of our hearts are the right things. Jesus says in Matthew 12:34-35, “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
Jesus is talking to the Pharisees who were religiously proud and were deceptive. Jesus knew what the treasures of their hearts were, and it was not good.
This sounds pretty intense if we are trying to apply it to ourselves. I mean Jesus called them “Brood of vipers!” Those are poisonous snakes! You might think “Well, I don’t speak evil.” Or “I don’t have anything terrible like that in my heart.” You might not have the heart of a Pharisee, but there are still other things in our hearts that can cause us to stumble in our speech and in our witness for Christ.
I want you to think about this. What is the treasure of your heart? What is the most valuable and precious thing to you? We need to evaluate ourselves and see if there are things we concern ourselves with too much.
You also might be asking “How do those things affect the way I talk?” Well, too much of something and we can get caught up in all the things we really want. We might begin to put our dreams for ourselves ahead of others. When we have all this selfishness, it comes out in what we say. Maybe we brag about the things we have to our friends or complain about the things we don’t. Maybe we point out the flaws of others and become gossipers. Whatever it is, it might seem harmless, but words have a tremendous impact and could hurt others and our witness for Christ.
I say all of this from my own personal experience and my own personal desires. I’ve noticed at times I get so caught up in what I want, I fail to see what others need.
Jesus wants our full heart and our full attention and devotion. Jesus says in Matthew 22:37 “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” If we let these other things take priority, are we not disobeying the greatest commandment? Are we not opening ourselves up to speaking with iniquity? We need to first put our priorities in check. Ask about others. Put your wants aside for a moment. We need to make sure that the only thing consuming our hearts is Jesus!