[i have some 800 notes, and so every Sunday i’ve been mindlessly porting them over from Notes to Evernote, but this one caught my eye and is.. particularly relevant to me now. and always really. so here it is!
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” – Matthew 12:34
And the mind thinks, and the hands act.
Today, a friend of mine shared Romans 12:21 with me – that she sought to overcome evil with good. And if you flip through Romans 12:9-20, it becomes clear that once again, the focus is love.
Justice pushes back evil with punishment, but it is love that overcomes and overwhelms evil with its goodness.
Which sounds great. But the demands of Romans 12 are staggering when you think about them – patience amidst trials (i struggle), be steadfast and consistent in praying (and not just at mealtimes), live peaceably with all men, bless your persecutors (?!?!)
How on earth are we supposed to do all that. Aha. But thankfully, there’s always hope that comes from knowing Jesus better. 1 John 4:19! We can only love because God first loved us.
So 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.
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.