As we saw earlier this week, Jesus said that out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. True. What we say to people – good or bad – is a reflection of what’s going on in our hearts.

We’d all like to think that we have a pure heart, but every day of our lives we’re tempted to have anything but a pure heart; to see the people around us merely as objects, rather than as people in need of our compassion, our encouragement, and our love.

So we slip back into treating them badly, or at least, less well than God would have us treat them. It can be a vicious cycle. So perhaps today, it’s time to take a stand.

James 3:10-12 These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. Do good water and bad water flow from the same spring? Of course not. My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives? Or can a grapevine make figs? No, and a well full of salty water cannot give good water.

Are you a good spring with good water, or a bad spring with bad water? Are you a fig tree or an olive tree? Are you salty water or drinkable water? Friend, Jesus died that you might be forgiven your sin, and He rose again to give you victory over your sin that you might walk in newness of life.

Is today the day you decide to claim that victory? Is today the day you yield your life to the power of the Holy Spirit to make you holy? Is today the day that you choose, for the rest of your days, the victory of the Cross and the empty tomb? What will it be?

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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