Matthew 12: 33-37 (GNT)
33 “To have good fruit you must have a healthy tree; if you have a poor tree, you will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it bears. 34 You snakes—how can you say good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good person brings good things out of a treasure of good things; a bad person brings bad things out of a treasure of bad things.
36 “You can be sure that on the Judgment Day you will have to give account of every useless word you have ever spoken. 37 Your words will be used to judge you—to declare you either innocent or guilty.”
I was sitting in a waiting room of an office recently and on the table were various magazines and books. A cookbook on the top of the pile read, “100 delicious recipes that will nourish you from the inside out.” Healthy eating is no doubt good for us, but it is only when grace comes to town, and when love dwells in our hearts, that we are nourished in our spiritual lives. And from that inside nourishment comes love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, patience, and self-control. The mouth will speak what the heart is full of, the life will speak of the One who dwells there. Of course we will get it wrong sometimes, none of us are perfect, but there is only one recipe that will truly nourish us from the inside out.
Lord of my life, may your Spirit fall afresh on me. Forgive me the unkind thoughts and words that have crossed my mind and sadly crossed my lips too. Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me. Help me to look before I leap, to think before I speak, that in all I say and do your grace will help me grow into a more gracious person. You have your work cut out, Lord, as you know, but even so, may your recipe of love season me well that I may bear fruit for you and your Kingdom. Amen.