Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

By lan Warner


When you think about the things that come out of our mouths, we often don’t give enough thought to what it says about our heart condition. If you want to know someone’s heart’s health, you need to listen to the things they say. There is a direct connection between our hearts and our words, and we don’t pay enough attention to it. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, so whatever you pour into your heart, that is what you will get out on the other side.
What the culture tells us is much different, though. The culture tells us to follow our hearts and to give in to our passions, but the word of God says something much different about these things. It does not say do whatever your heart feels at all times.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?. We are given warnings about our hearts and how they are not the best guides for us to rely on.

Where in The Bible Does it Say Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks?

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 6:45
The beautiful thing about this verse is how it speaks to giving us proof of who people are. We don’t need to look far to find the good or the bad people because we need to look at the fruit they produce. When a tree is healthy, it will produce healthy fruit that is easy to pick and delicious to eat; when the fruit is bad, it produces unhealthy fruit. It’s already rotten, and the food would not be good for any person’s soul.
The verse once again points us to the heart and how it will simply display what it is full of. Which leads to the question, what should you fill your heart up with? We will get to that. But for now, let’s focus on the fruit we produce in our lives. We have all produced good and bad fruit at different times in our lives. This means that we know we have had our hearts filled in abundance with good and with evil.
We must acknowledge this because it’s easy to think of evil as something only others have. Christians do this all of the time; we acknowledge we are all sinners, but when we speak on the evil, we think of our neighbors and not ourselves, and that is a problem.
1 John 4:8 says, “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 
Thank God for 1 John speaking on the importance of acknowledging that we have some major sin issues. If we don’t, it straight up tells us that they were LIARS. We must know and recognize that sin is all over our hearts, and they can be lead astray without leaning into the Holy Spirit.

Following Your Passions and Your Heart?

The verse in Jeremiah should always get our attention because it calls our hearts desperately wicked. There are not many people who would naturally describe their hearts that way. Culturally speaking, we speak of the heart in such high regard. We encourage people to follow it when it comes to their relationships and their careers all of the time. We believe that hearts are packed with goodness, but the Bible is saying the opposite thing. It does not believe that the passions of the heart lead us to Glorify God.
In James 1: 13, it says, “let no one say when he is tempted,  ‘I am being tempted by God’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it’s fully grown, brings forth death. 
We have to destroy this idea that the heart is all good all of the time. It’s one of the easiest ways to lead yourself and another estray because the heart can be full of evil passions and wickedness. The only way the heart becomes is when one has the Holy Spirit, and when we choose to be lead by that spirit. The Holy Spirit will lead us and help us make the decisions that will be pleasing to God.

Getting Our Proper Fill Because Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

If we know that the heart speaks from what the heart is filled with, we better make sure to fill our heart with the right things. The easiest way to do this in our current world is to stop thinking of church as just a Sunday thing. The church being something that you attend on Sunday and you sit there and get a feel good message, just does not cut it, and it will not feed you like you need to. Being a Christian is about your everyday lifestyle; it is about how you do everything.

  1. Serve
  2. Get Connected with The Body of Christ
  3. Devour his word
  4. Pray and Meditate

Luke 22:24-27

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

1. Serve

One of the first things you can do to transform your Christian walk and be great in the kingdom is finding different ways to serve. When you serve, you honor God with the talents, time, and resources that have been blessed with. Service is to build up our neighbors for the glory of Jesus Christ. When we serve, it is not about us in any way, shape, or form, and we are called to be selfless when we pursue Christ.

2. Connect

Getting connected to the body is crucial for our own souls and the entire body of Christ. We need it because it puts us around more believers who will challenge us and push us outside of our comfort zone. We gather with Christians, and we become more like the people that we hand around. The same can be true if we never hang around Christians; those people tremendously influence our thinking and actions.

The other reason that you want to get connected is that we are a part of the body of Christ, and no one person can do it all alone. We are not designed in a way to not need others because we are not perfect. We have gifts that make us strong and the sin that creates weak points in other areas. We need to rely on the gifts Jesus has bestowed around others in our community to help hold us up and create a complete body.

Unity and Diversity in the Body

1 Corinthians 12:12-23

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the unpresentable parts are treated with special modesty.

3. Get in The Word

Then the last things you need to do to is make sure that you’re being fed by the word constantly. You constantly see people have they look to man to feed them the word without going back to the scripture to cross-reference what is going on. A great way to do this is to be disciplined by a more mature Christian and make sure that you’re in the Word every day.

4. Pray

From doing this, you will naturally see an improvement in your prayer life, but why? It’s because the more you read the word of God, the more you realize your dependant on him. When you know you need Jesus for everything, it leads to a more abundant prayer life because you call on Jesus to meet all of your needs.

In the Conclusion of Out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth Speaks

The key is then you lean on Jesus to change what is in your heart. He can do that! He can purify your heart and soul so that everything that comes out of your mouth is glorifying to him and his character. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mount speaks.

When you slip up and say words that are not good, repent and know that it’s due to something you’re feeding yourself. Maybe it’s the people you’re around or the movies you’re watching. Make the needed change, get back around the community, and make the word of God your foundation for life.


lan Warner

Ian Warner is a believer, husband, and father of three. He grew up running track in Toronto before earning a scholarship to Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he became an All-American and made the 2012 Olympic team. He currently helps people to build better habits and follow Jesus Christ.

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