Luke 6:43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
"Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble." -Yehuda Berg
"If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive." -Betty Eadie
We know that words have power. The power of words begin with your heart, and your heart is the container of your character.
In verse 43 Jesus talked about our character when he said, “A tree is known by its fruit.” That character is expressed by words, but words can be deceiving, words can be empty. There are people who say they are going to do a certain thing, but those words are empty. Some people use words to manipulate and misrepresent.
The foundation for words is the heart. The heart is shaped by what He called “treasure.” Jesus said that this treasure can be good or it can be evil.
What is treasure? A treasure is the place where things are collected. A coffer or other receptacle in which valuables are kept.
We always think of treasure as the accumulation of valuable things. But treasure can be the accumulation of evil.
What we think, live, do, and say comes out of a place of accumulated things. Which is our hearts.
One of the self-deceptions with live with is the magical thought that we or people are going to suddenly start doing something that they have not been doing. People can only genuinely think, live, do, and speak from the treasure in their hearts. Certainly, people can fake it, but it won’t hold up.
To become really good at something, it has to come from an accumulation of knowledge and action. That’s the art of doing a good interview, is to ascertain if your words are hearing are coming from a place of good treasure.
In our world, we focus on words. But the best words come from the treasure of a person’s heart.v. 43 For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
v. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good
You don’t need to fret about some of the words you hear, because it is only a reflection of what is in the heart. And only God can change the heart of willing person.
Proverbs 26:4, Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
How do you build a good treasure in your heart?
1. Pay attention to what and who you are listening to (Guard your heart)
2. Repentance and forgiveness clears the heart
3. When you show yourself who you are, believe it! Awareness is the beginning of change.
4. Read the Bible and pray every day
5. Keep up with messages from the word of God. God told pastors to: “Feed the sheep and preach the word.” He told all of us “Receive the engrafted word.” (James 1:21)
Don’t miss messages from your pastor and leaders. It’s like not eating or not taking needed medicine.