17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Have you ever heard the expression, “give them enough rope and they will hang themselves”? Why would this saying be true? Simply put, our words and actions will ultimately be defined by what we have in our hearts. The Bible tells us that whatever we think in our hearts, that’s what we are (Proverbs 23:7) and, unfortunately, the whole human race is full of dark hearts. But there is hope! Jesus taught that we can be defined not just by evil in our hearts but by good as well: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45) In that case, how we go about filling our hearts with goodness becomes the million-dollar question. As with all things in God’s economy, the answer is very simple and was given to us by David in Psalm 119:11. “[God’s] word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”