Beverly and I have a small covenant group we meet with on Thursday nights for study, sharing and prayer. We are studying James, and last night we were talking about the tongue.
I cited Matthew 12: 34, that says "Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." And as we sat there, it's like it just hit me. The tone of my speech has been an issue for me for much of my life. I don't recognize it, but I know others do -- especially my wife and kids. Through the years, my approach has been, "I really need to work on my tone."
But it hit me last night. And it's not like it's a new revelation, because Jesus said it a long time ago. But I realized that I have been treating symptoms of the problem and not the disease itself. My problem issues from my heart. I don't like admitting that -- but the tone of my words reflects my heart.
So I am going to pause each day -- every couple of hours -- to ask God to change my heart. I want to be kinder and gentler. I want my lips to reflect a heart that is sold out to God!