Devotions By Jan

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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tumblr_m66d28yLK61qcsvrdo1_500Scripture for Today: Luke 6:45 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Wearing one’s heart on the sleeve can be risky!  Showing one’s emotions openly can make a person vulnerable.  This expression was first recorded in Shakespeare’s Orthello in 1604.  But it is commonly thought to have originated with the practice of jousting knights in mid-evil times.  If the match was about defending the honor of the woman he loved, a knight would display her colors on his sleeve.  An equivalent today could be wearing the name of your beloved as a tattoo on the arm!

Today’s verse points out a much more reliable way to know what is in the heart.  What is there is evident by our behavior.  Expressing emotions can be lovely but the real indicator of our feelings and the state of our hearts is found in our actions.  And one action is especially telling.  What comes out of our mouths demonstrates the good or the evil found in the heart.  That sincere compliment or word of encouragement shows love.  The snide remark or the profanity that escapes our lips signals that all is not well.

What slips out of my mouth can be shameful.  I am so glad that some of it happens when there is no one to hear.  However, there is always Someone who hears.  And whether others are around or not, those nasty words signal a need for some serious heart cleaning!  Thankfully, He is full of grace and forgiveness, ready to make me clean again and give me a new start!

Lord, clean my heart and fill it with good things to say!

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