44Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Ok, seriously, are you ever just BLOWN away by God's Word? I mean really, it speaks to me everyday. I've given my words to God, He is in control of everything and now my words. I've been doing well, i repeated (Like a parakeet) the poop word and I almost said the "F" word however after I got the fu sound out of my mouth I said "oh, I don't say that anymore". And that was it.
Yesterday after reading an email, I thought those words, although I didn't speak them. And I instantly thought "For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." and I thought "yeah, I don't like her, I think she's an idiot" and then UGH I thought "she's made in God's likeness too" UGH!! but really, I'm having a hard time... she doesn't give me all the information then she sends a CYB email (Cover Your Butt) to try to make me look bad. But here's the thing... I didn't let her make me look bad. And I'm not going to let it bother me.
Here's the thing, I've learned one very important lesson in life. Eventually, the scum always rises to the top. And for those of you who don't know, when you make chicken soup, for example, and you use a whole chicken or chicken parts and you boil it, there is this disgusting stuff that always rises to the top, I call it scum, and it's gross and foamy. When making soup, you skim it off and discard. And that's what happens in life, and I try to teach my girls (all my kids) that, when someone talks bad about you, or does something to make you look bad, or lies about you, you keep on the path, you do the right thing. Because eventually, that person is found out for who they are, and your character is revealed. That's just the way it goes.
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden
But back to the overflow thing... I think that if your heart is overflowing with love, your words will be loving, and if your heart is loving, I believe that you will want to do the right things and your character will prevail!
I always think of my one friend who had an issue and she said "I'd turn in my own sister" and let me tell you, I was blown away by the character of my friend, that she knew right and wrong and would always do the right thing. And really, I remember thinking, "her parents must be awesome!" (and they are!!). and in case you're wondering... the truth really does set you free!
See, my friends heart, pure. And loving. and because Jesus lives in her heart.... For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
Boy do I want to be like that.