Tuesday, July 5, 2011
It's a Heart issue
I've been deep in thought and prayer these past few days while my children have been out of town visiting their grandparents. My thoughts are in regards to my words towards them as of late.
The Bible says in Proverbs 29:20 "Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him." I am ashamed to admit that all too frequently I have been guilty of being hasty with my words.
I speak before thinking too often, and those who suffer from this iniquity of mine? My children.
*They start arguing with eachother and my first reaction has been to speak harshly towards them.
*They start whining about what they've been asked to do and my first reaction has been to huff and puff and groan at their poor attitude, all the while throwing up my hands and rolling my eyes and muttering under my breath.
*They start back-talking or getting sassy and my first reaction is to get angry and yell.
Yes, being hasty of words is an iniquity that I all too often get caught up in. I do know what Proverbs 15:1 says, "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." I know that when I act in anger, my child will react in anger as well.
So lately my thoughts have been: why do I so often have hasty words? and why are my words so often grievous? During my quiet time this morning, while reading my Bible the Lord showed me the answer.
It is a Heart issue.
Look at what the Bible says in Matthew 12:34, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
What is in the heart comes out of the mouth, is that not true? Reading on in the book of Matthew 15:18-20 it says this:
"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murder, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things that defile a man."
So if I'm having a heart issue then it needs to be fixed. How do you fix a heart issue you may be asking? The Bible also has the answer, "for where your treasure is there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21
Your treasure, and mine, needs to be the Lord. I need to reaffirm the need to make God my top priority. I need to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" to make God my 'treasure'.
The first thing that needs to be done when God is not our treasure is to pray. The Lord can work in your heart if you are willing. "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10
God is the Creator and He alone can create a clean heart in us. We need to pray for forgiveness and repent of our failings and weaknesses to stray from the Lord. Oh, how wonderful it is to serve a God that forgives, that is gracious and merciful towards us, "Gracious is the Lord, and righteous, yea, our God is merciful." Psalm 116:5
Not only are we to repent, but daily, daily, daily be in the Lords' presence: "As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice." Psalm 55:16-17
When I spend time with my Lord in prayer, setting time aside to be alone with God, it is then that He will become my treasure. Following his commands will then become a joy, not an obligation. I love this verse in Psalm 105:3, "Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord." His commandments will not be grievous to us, but a joy and an honor.
Spending time with the Lord in prayer is not the only thing we ought to do to have a heart that loves and fears the Lord, but we need to read daily His Word and commit it to memory as it says in Psalm 119:10-11:
"With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
So, if you're having a problem with your words, if they are harsh and unfeeling instead of kind and gentle, then perhaps it's time to take a closer look at the condition of your heart. When I saw the condition of my own heart, and how my heart's treasure was not my Lord, I knew I needed a change. It can be so tiring when, as a Christian, your life is not in line with that of Christ. I've become tired and worn out from being away from my Lord.
But I knew what needed to be done: I needed to truly repent and ask for forgiveness, I need to daily be in the presence of the Lord in prayer- real prayer, I need to daily read God's Word for wisdom, and commit His Word to memory ("that I might not sin against thee").
My heart issue can be fixed by making the Lord my treasure again.
When my heart is fixed upon God, then it will be fixed.
And in so doing, my dear children will have a mother that uses her words in a kind and gentle way. Finally, let's take a look at this promise from God:
"Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth, the generation of the upright shall be blessed." Psalm 112:2
Isn't that our greatest prayer as mothers? That our children will be blessed? That my children will never depart from the Lord, that is my prayer.