War of Words Part 2- Paul Tripp
Discover your roots- Luke 6:45 records one of the important things that Christ said about your communication.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
When I was growing up, my parents would take us to family reunions on my mom’s side of the family. My mother’s brothers and sisters were all unbelievers. Whenever we went to one of these reunions, my parents would stay for the meal and then whisk us away before the drinking began.
At one reunion my mom was engaged in conversation and did not realize that my uncle had gotten drunk in another room, where he saying sexually provocative things about the women present in front of me and my brother Mark. When Mom realized what was happening, she ran in, grabbed our hands, and stuffed us in the car. On the way home she said, “There is nothing that comes out of a drunk that wasn’t there in the first place.” I will never forget those words.
We must begin by admitting that people and situations do not cause use to speak as we do. Our hearts control our words. People and situations simply provide the occasion for the heart to express itself. Humbly confessing this opens to you the floodgates of God’s forgiveness and power. “He is faith and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).