Have you ever felt like you needed to filter what you were about to say? Or maybe you’ve said something and wished you would have filtered it before it came out. I’ve done that – way too many times. The problem with a filter is it gets clogged up and the ugliness eventually comes out. We put to words “how we really feel”, and it comes out in a not very helpful way.
In Matthew 15:18 Jesus says “….the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart”.
You can try to filter what you want to say only so long but what comes out eventually are is deeply implanted thoughts in the heart, our core beliefs and judgements.
The issue isn’t the filter we use, the issue that we even need a filter.
In Matthew 12:36 when it says that “everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken”, I already have enough words I need to give account for I don’t want to add more. This means that I need to evaluate my heart and my heart reaction, my core belief system and my judgement of others. I need to view situations and people, no matter how complicated or messy, the way Jesus sees them.
Lord help me live in such a way that my heart is clean and a filter is never needed.