Min. W.D. Dell Patterson: What Is It To Be of Good Character & Moral Fortitude: A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and...

By Ernest Bey

Matthew 12: 33- 37

A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good.
If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.

Jesus reminds us that what we say reveals what is in our heart. What kinds of words come out from your mouth? That is an indication of what is in your heart.

I often tell my daughter to stop and think about what she is going to say first before she says it. How often do we actually do that?

Determine to give your mouth a cleaning! How do we do that? You can't solve your heart problem just by cleaning up your speech, but its a real start to submitting to God; allowing Him to have control of your words. You must allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with new attributes and motives; then your speech will be cleansed at it's source.

James 3: 9-11 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?

Proverbs 4:24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.
Ephesians 4: 29 Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

God, we want to to control our tongues! We want only words that uplift, encourage, and show others our love and dedication to following Your Word. May others know us by the way we love and the words that come forth from our mouths.

Help us to remember that the same mouths that praise You should not be producing perverse talk, cursing, abusive language, or corrupt speech. Guide us and guard us. Clean out our hearts, O Lord, we pray! May our lips only bring forth words of praise, encouragement, and peace.
In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.

The Mrs & I thrive on what is good and best served to our fellow man woman and child. This is truly derived from our good hearts!

HAPPY HOLIDAY's to One & All.

May there be peace on earth and goodwill toward all men regardless of culture, geographical location, gender, sex, and socio-economic standing.

Our Prayer is that the Universal God of truth, wisdom, knowledge and understanding will smile favorably on those whom choose in their hearts, deeds and actions to serve others as they would have them to serve thyself. -Amen!

~Heather & Min. W.D. Patterson

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