In my Tuesday morning bible study, we are working through Conversation Peace by Mary A. Kassian. It is a study about the power of speech… what we say… how we say it. It is hitting kind of close to home.
This week’s lesson began with:
That is clear. Ugly heart, ugly words. Sweet heart, sweet words.
She offers a great analogy for how our insides can contaminate what we show on the outside. When a plant has root rot and the leaves turn ick, it is not the leaves that cause it, but it is rotting roots that cause the leaves to turn brown and ugly. I did not know that when your plant gets root rot, you have to also replace the soil. The disease remains in the soil, will infect the roots of the new plant, and then the leaves or fruit.
The three parts in this equation are:
- the soil: our deepest beliefs and values…which affects…
- the roots: our attitudes and thoughts…which affect
- the fruit: our words and behavior
This is one reason I study God’s word. There is always someone being led by the Holy Spirit, who might offer me a fresh viewpoint.
I know that I cannot keep my soil clean or my roots disease free.
But, we belong to a loving God who will take care of our soil and our roots if we turn to Him with our whole hearts. He will plant us and not pluck us up. Our fruit can be good as He builds us up, and we know Him more.
Here we are (you and I), in my journaling bible, growing our fruit in clean soil with healthy roots.
Guard your heart… (Proverbs 4:23)