The other day we discussed The Tongue: The Power of Life and Death. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov. 18:21) The last couple of days I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of the tongue and have meditated on a lot of Scripture. The first verse I studied is from (Luke 6:45) “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
So I began to contemplate if I am a good person. I was reminded of our text from We Are All Sinners, “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24) I am a sinner, but thankfully through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ I have been redeemed, not from anything I could do or say, but strictly as a gift that I could never deserve.
When we discussed the tongue the other day, I was reminded by the Holy Spirit about how prideful my heart can be. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) As a sinner, and even as a Christian sinner, there is absolutely no reason for me to be prideful (full of myself). “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16)
A simple truth (as I believe it) is as sinners, it is natural to sin. It’s more natural to follow the inclinations of the world, rather than God. I believe that’s true because our hearts naturally lean to impurity of our minds from our hearts. As Christian sinners (for we STILL fall short of the glory of God every day), it is dangerously easy to find our own sin to be less than what we see in others – and that is pride. A prideful heart is a hard, stony heart.
But the Holy Spirit can and will change our hearts, if we give Him control of our lives. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26) And when our hearts change, so will our words.
Lord, you said you would replace my stony heart with a tender heart of flesh that is undivided with a new spirit. I ask that you come upon me now and replace my heart as You said you would. Lord, I am confident that You who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. And Lord, I know, that the new heart and spirit You will give me is a necessary replacement in me. I thank You for your grace, mercy and love that I don't deserve. In Jesus' name, Amen.
- NIV Study Bible