Isaiah: 55:10“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for whichI sent it. 12“For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.…
Luke 6:44-45“You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. MSG
That is not what I meant to say! But the f word, was exactly what I blurted out during physical therapy last week. For those of you who know me well, that is hard to picture. But, here’s the deal, I’ve been cursing for a long time, I just cover it up with funnier words like “fudge”. You might say, I’ve developed a Christian cussing vocabulary. But, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45), and my mouth spoke the real thing. Once you are done laughing read on . . .
So in that moment I asked, is that really what’s in there Lord? When things don’t go the way I want, and they aren’t in the area of health, I realize that the seeds of bitterness began growing roots. This week I am dwelling on a lot of things I cannot control. Once again, my heart erupted on Sunday, as we hunted for the Christmas tree. My husband became ill. I wanted a special family memory with the kids, and instead, I was worrying so much about Brian I began snapping at the kids. They were bouncing joyously through the trees, and all I could think about was I can’t make things better for any of them! Lest you shrug this off as silliness, reread the Isaiah passage.
There is power in the words of Christ, and as a believer I share in that glory! Therefore, when I speak words the Holy Spirit is moved to act. Ponder that for a moment. Do you really want destruction to come to others? Do you really want others to rot in hell. My problem is not with the f word, my problem is the bitterness in my heart. We waste so many words. James admonishes us that with the same mouth we bless and curse.
So yesterday, just as I do PT to retrain, strengthen, and relieve pain in my hip, I also do PD (personal development) for my soul.
Assessment: Evaluate strengths and weaknesses (The Wheel Illustration) I am always neglecting a spoke of my Christian walk, when malcontent begins to show.
Stretches: Praise (Giving thanks always relieves tense muscles and retrains my focus)
Strengthening: Scripture, Prayer, Fellowship, and Witnessing
Circulation: Practice the new words I want to have in my heart: patience, perseverance, joy, love
Prayer: Lord, cursing always starts with bitterness! I am convinced of this. I am not getting my way, and I want the world to know that I am boiling inside. Please, remove the roots of disobedience in my heart so that what overflows from my mouth is love, faith, and hope! I want those words to go out, and not come back void! Amen