“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” – Matthew 12:34
And the mind thinks, and the hands act.
Self-control can only take you so far – you can clasp your hands over your mouth for a short while, but it’s a matter of time before the abundance of your heart spills out, and what will people see then? The heart always always reveals itself eventually, and if we are to be salt & light and overcome evil with good, then we really need Jesus to come in and fix us from the inside.
1 John 4:19 – We love because He first loved us. When we let Jesus change our hearts with His love, then the overflow, the abundance, is no longer our human nature and its ills, but God’s love and mercy (-: