“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 12:30-37 (ESV)

“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Good or bad, the things we keep with us in our hearts, the things we treasure, are what we bring out when we speak. If we store up bad things, when the time comes to open up the treasury and put the contents to work all that comes out will be tainted. This was the situation with the people who opposed Jesus and spoke out against the Holy Spirit in the interaction described above; they were judged by their own words which they spoke.

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.

Psalm 119:11 (NASB1995)

If what we store up and treasure in our hearts is the Word of God, which is wholesome and healing, rather than the careless, corrupting words of Men and the Enemy, we are protected from sin and we bring out good things from our treasure when the time comes to speak. And not an amount that is just enough!

The words that come from us, good or bad, come from the abundance or overflow of our hearts! We will speak more than enough to convince people either of our vast treasure of His Word or the shaky collection of our own creation.

Ethan Kirl

Originally Published Febnruary 22, 2021