What makes you say what you say? What you think about. 
Engage someone in a conversation, and you’ll find out what they think is important. Whatever is in your heart is going to come out of your mouth, whether you want it to or not. This is why we must guard our hearts.

Guarding Your Heart


1. When it comes to the heart, if you put good in, you’ll get good out (Matthew 12:34-35).
2. We will give account of our idle words (Matthew 12:36).
3. What a person thinks in their heart is what they are (Proverbs 23:7).
4. Guard what you put in your heart, because it controls your life (Proverbs 4:23).
5. Be quick to hear (two ears), slow to speak (one mouth), and slow to get angry (James 1:19).
6. A kind reply thwarts anger, but mean comments start fights (Proverbs 15:1).
7. Don’t wake your spouse up harshly by yelling (Proverbs 27:14).

Our words control our lives. A marriage license is not written permission to say awful things to your spouse. Don’t be afraid to confront, but always speak the truth in love.


Four issues that affect your heart and your communication:
Selfishness instead of serving (Read James 3:14-16.)
Rejection instead of respecting (Read Mark 3:25.)
Bitterness instead of blessing (Read Ephesians 4:31-32.)
Lust instead of loyalty (Read Mark 7:21.)


Even if we have behaved in the manner above, God can redeem us. He can:
Cleanse us from our past (Read Ezekiel 36:25.)
Change us for a new start (Read Ezekiel 36:26.)
Fill us with His Spirit (Read Ezekiel 36:27.)

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