Discerning The Heart Of The Matter

Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.” The literal  for ‘inner depths’ is rooms of the belly.. You might be thinking of another verse. 

Proverbs 18:8 says, “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.” Proverbs 12:18 Amplified says, “There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

It is imperative that we listen to what we are saying, in order to discern the spirit behind what we said. Rancor means: bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing. Proverbs 4:23 uses some other words. It says of our heart, “…for out of it spring the issues of life.”

Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble; and by this many become defiled.” Do you realize that your caustic, bitter, resentful, and words that lack grace, will not only wound someone but also defile them?

Many years ago I was counseling a young woman in another state. Her hair was falling out and her husband was very concerned. The Holy Spirit revealed roots (plural) of bitterness from her childhood traumas. Her response was, “I think I have a whole garden of them.”

Through forgiveness, her garden of bitter roots were uprooted and destroyed. That fallow ground in her heart was cultivated through the truth of God’s word. As Hosea 10:13 says, she had plowed wickedness and reaped iniquity. She had eaten the fruit of lies because she dealt with her past in her own way. She stuffed it so that it remained unresolved.

Her husband had discerned that her heart was not right and sought help. Matthew 12:33 says that a tree is known by its fruit. Verse 35 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings for evil things.”

For years I skipped over Matthew 15:19 when I came to it in my daily reading. It gave a list of things that didn’t pertain to me ~ I thought. Yet one day the Holy Spirit stopped me when He said that all negative thoughts were evil.

Here is how the verse began in explaining how our heart gets defiled, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” I was busted because countless times I had thought and spoken death words over my body. “I hate you body” were caustic words that I would speak as I looked into the mirror.

Self-hatred and self-rejection are evil. How dare we defile our body which is His temple! We are all created in the image of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know…you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

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