Foot in mouth. What happens next makes all the difference.
“45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Jesus, as recorded in Luke 6:45
It happened. You were just trying to make a joke or be cunning and you said it. Perhaps you didn’t do it intentionally, but it was definitely hurtful to someone whether it was judgmental, inappropriate, vulgar, gossip, a lie or just rude. Perhaps it was more of a blurt than anything, but in the end it came out of your mouth. Immediately after a blurt, what’s our first move? Denial, maybe cover it up with a poorly made lie or ignore it. But whatever we just said was flatly sinful and wrong, and we know it.
It happens to all of us at one point or another, perhaps it will today or this week or this hour. We say something and immediately we feel our foot planting against the back of our mouth. But the news gets worse before it gets better, Jesus goes ahead in Luke 6:45 and lets us know that everything that comes out of our mouth…came from our heart. If it’s good speech, it’s from a heart filled with good treasure. Bad speech, we our trusting some ugly treasure in our heart. Yes, we can ask for forgiveness and repent to the offended and God. But will we choose to go a bit deeper? Will we ask God the big question, “God…so why did I say that? What in my heart do I treasure more than You that would make me abandon pleasing you with healthy and good words to others…?” Perhaps it’s a grudge we hold onto against that person, maybe it’s the nervousness of a situation because of our insecurities from not trusting God or we covet something of the other person’s…whatever it is and it could be innumerable bad treasures, we must let that bad treasure go in repentance and continually grasp with our hearts the treasure of Jesus.
So let’s have the overflow of our hearts speak and have God as our treasure. When the next ‘blurt’ of sin and pain happens, let’s ask our God where the mess is in our heart and humbly ask to Him to fix it. Just as the famous scene the Matrix: Will we just take the blue pill to repent and move on after the next blurt OR will we take the red pill, repent and see how far down the blurt came from, dig up the bad treasure with God and replace it with real treasure.