Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23, NKJV
The heart and the mind are connected. The vehicle that unites them is the mouth. If one were to think about these two things in terms of systems, we could compare them to the nervous and cardiovascular (circulatory system). All of us have one, and all of us use them to program and make our bodies function. It functions seamlessly, without our knowledge until we realize it is malfunctioning. But I digress.
Luke 6:45, NKJV, says “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
The abundance of the heart Luke refers to our character + motivation + emotion + intellect. In combination, these are our heart. The mouth is the conduit that conveys the will and intention of the heart via the words we speak, and the way we present them (Rev 10:10, Ezekiel 3:1-4,10).
If one were to think of it this way: the mouth is a train. Our words and vocabulary choices are the cars carrying the cargo of character + motivation+ emotion+ intellect, our heart. It is fueled by intent. This cargo has a destination and a purpose – to be delivered to the ears, mind and ultimately the heart of the receiver. The cargo also carries intent, persuasion/influence, provocation. It’s sort of like a capsule.
As we all know, capsules come in many forms. Some are good for us, meant to assist in healing or are preventative in nature like vitamins. Some are to help us combat things that are attacking our immune system, like antibiotics. Some are Class 3 drugs that get us addicted and dependent on them, with severe side effects. Some capsules rapid release, dispersing into our system almost immediately and providing either relief or horrible reactions, while other capsules are on a time release system. Only the time release formula of these words don’t happen in 12 or 24 hours, it continues on for years, decades even.
As with any drug or pill, the digestive system breaks down the capsule and disperses it to the heart of the sender to the heart of the receiver via digestive system first, then to all the other systems. Of course, as with any medication, it may not ever be properly digested or if too much is ingested at once, toxicity can occur. No only that, all of other systems are affected by the digestion of something toxic-ultimately death can occur.
Not every pill is meant for you to take.
So how does one know what to take or what not to take? Same way you would most things: a prescription. Jesus is the doctor. Our prescription is a 66 chapter version of a prescription pad. The Holy Spirit is the pharmacy – He will dispense the proper meds at the proper times. You don’t even need an ICD reference book to figure out what’s wrong. Most times, if you listen closely, He will speak to you directly. His words are always directly prescribed, and relevant to our ills, even the ones that come from our own abuse. Our doctor is has been bruised with our infirmities, and because of that, we get free healthcare. In perpetuity. His blood covered the charges. Death is not our due.
Since death is not our due, we ought not practice it. We ought to live lives reflective of the expensive price tag of our freedom. This means, we have to watch what we say, who we say it to and how it is said. Keep your mouth shut, and mind your own business. If you can’t say it with love, or with care, don’t say it. Be careful of the thoughts you think since they circulate into the things you say to others. Your words will influence the hearts of others. Words have creative and destructive power, use them wisely.