I had to talk to a teenage girl a few days ago about using profanity. She got into a verbal altercation with a classmate and she used profanity to voice her opinion about what took place. I asked her what happened to make her curse and disrespect her teacher. Her reply was; “It slipped.”
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[a] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45
I told her about the passage in Luke 6:45 how Jesus pointed out that what’s ever in our heart will eventually come out in our speech. So this brief session on ministering to a teenager is the seed of this post.
I remember when I often used profanity because I felt it made my point better, much like some comedians today. I couldn’t hold a conversation with anyone unless I cursed every other word. Not to mention how I cursed when I got angry about something. Let me stop here. I am not glorifying or missing the days when my mouth was so foul. I’m bringing it up because so many people have the same problem God delivered me from when He saved me.
One day I was letting it rip when I was at a local hamburger joint. I had taken a lunch break from my patrol duties when I was a police officer. Right before I was about to leave, an older lady called me to her table and said; “Son. You are a good looking young man and those words don’t even sound like anything you’d say”. I was so convicted and to this day, I can hear her soft reprimanding voice.; Now that I have come into the knowledge of the truth, I’ve learned that my words were a product of what was in my heart. I was a foul, profane thinking man and all of that had settled in my heart. When Jesus said; “out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.” it opened up my understanding concerning our heart.
The heart is the seat of our emotions and the Lord said the heart is evil, continually (Genesis 6:5). David asked the Lord to create him a clean heart and renew a right spirit in him (Psalm 51:10). Unlike us, God looks at our heart (1 Samuel 16:7), not our clothes, homes, cars, and money. I can’t see your heart and you can’t see mine. But God can. And He knows what’s there that shouldn’t be there. We can clean our own heart up. God is a heart specialist.
I pray this post has helped you and I hope you will allow God to clean your heart out, since what’s there will soon come out. Not just profanity, but hatred malice, envy, selfishness and all the things that will keep us out of the kingdom can settle in our hearts.