Honestly when I began the study we’ve been discussing this week, I was seeking an answer because of words I was hearing from another. The Holy Spirit led me to this passage to give me eyes to see what the Lord sees in ME, not someone else. “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 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” (Luke 6:43-45).

Yesterday we talked about looking at our own hearts in light of our words, “for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”. (Luke 6:45b) This verse continues the discussion about recognizing in ourselves what type of tree we are (see A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit), so we will understand what fruit we will produce (see What Fruit Do You Bear?).

The fruit of our hearts are found in our words, not our works. As I mentioned yesterday, works done with selfish intentions reveals a proud heart instead of love for our fellow man. The point of Luke 6:43-45 is not to look at the behavior and words of others, it is to rightly apply what Jesus teaches to ourselves. Jesus gives us a mirror to look at our own hearts, through our words. If what we see is our own sinful nature instead of Christ, He encourages us to take the plank out of our own eyes (Matt. 7:3-5). He has shown me a lot of things for which I need to repent, and has encouraged me to share this with you.

We are to use Scripture to look at ourselves and our situations, and to encourage others. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) While the Holy Spirit may share a Word with us to share with others, we shouldn’t use His Word to judge others. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matt. 7:2) We are instead encouraged to meditate on God’s Word for our own edification (James 1:22).

Jesus already knows what’s in our hearts, but we are encouraged to see for ourselves what our words reveal about our heart’s condition. That is the essence of Luke 6:45.

The Lord gave us His Word so that we can know Him, seek Him, and see where we need to repent. We are to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” before we turn to our own earthly needs. And we must be careful what we put in our hearts. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21) To get a glimpse of our hearts, all we need to do is to listen to our words.