For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34

Every day, we speak 1000’s words. Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity.

Every word you speak has power- to build or destroy, restore or tear down, to hurt or heal the Spirit, bring delight or despair, to bless or curse.

In Matthew 12, Jesus teaches the connection between our words and hearts. The words we speak reveal what is in our hearts.

One of my favorite things is to drink a hot cup of tea and curl up with a good book. However, while hot water is necessary to make tea, it only reveals what is already in the bag.

God is faithful to mold us into His image, and just like the hot water, He will often use challenging circumstances to bring forth that which is already inside.

As we desire to grow and become more like Christ, we want our words to bountifully overflow with the fruit of the Spirit love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yet, like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit will not ripen in our lives overnight. So, like a successful gardener must battle against weeds to enjoy the sweet fruit they desire, we must constantly work to rid our lives of the “weeds” of anger, hurt, jealousy, bitterness, pride, or whatever it is that wants to choke out the work of the Spirit.


Recognize that the only things pouring out of your heart are those things

that were already present.

Ask God to reveal the "weeds" of your heart so he may shape and grow you to be like Christ.