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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 23, 2011 - Matters of the Heart

By Kristen Feola

“What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45, NLT).

Have you ever said something you regret? I have — many times. In fact, I did yesterday. I was disrespectful, unkind, and just plain rude to my husband. As soon as the poison was released from my lips, I knew I’d made a terrible mistake. There was no sense of victory as I’d hoped. I didn’t feel as if I’d “won” the argument. Instead, I was disgusted and saddened by my behavior.

Where did all those damaging words come from? God’s Word says, “The words you speak come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18). Anger and bitterness were swirling around inside of me, and our conversation provided the opportunity for those emotions to surface. Once they were red-hot and at a boil, they spewed forth out of my mouth, deeply wounding the one I love the most.

How can we keep our hearts clean and undefiled? How do we avoid damaging others with our careless words? Proverbs 4:23 gives us the answer: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” We guard our hearts by reading the Word and obeying it. Instead of allowing sinful thoughts to remain unchecked, we confess them to the Lord. We allow His love, joy and peace to replace the negative attitudes that are festering inside us.

Ask the Lord right now if there are any sinful attitudes in your heart that need to be laid on the altar. If so, leave them there so that you may speak life to those you love today.

— Kristen Feola is the author of “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast.” She attends James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo.

 

 

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