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The Root of the Problem

Luke 6:43–45 explains where our struggle with words originates:

“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 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” (ESV).

It’s clear in this passage that the root problem is the condition of our hearts—not our mouths. If our hearts are pure, pure words will come out of our mouths; if our hearts are evil, evil will pour forth from our lips. Most of us can put up a good front for a period of time, but we can also probably agree that when we are tired or stressed, the façade crumbles and the true condition of our hearts is revealed through our speech.

Jeremiah 17:9 says the heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (ESV). We must come to grips with the depth of wickedness resident in our own hearts. Many people want to believe that all their problems come from someone or something else. They blame their parents, their kids, their employer, the economy, their church—anyone but themselves. Paul David Tripp cautions against this by saying, “When you are able to convince yourself that your deepest, greatest problems in life exist outside of you, you’ll quit being a seeker after the transforming grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.”


Reflection Questions

Have you ever blamed your words on the wrong source? Explain.

Think about this past week. What has your speech revealed about the condition of your heart?

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“The Power of a Woman's Words” is published by the National Women’s Department at women.ag.org, 2020. Permission granted for personal use or within a teaching setting. Do not reproduce.