A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 6:45 (NIV)
Read: Luke 6:43-45
Consider: Goodness is something that can give the impression of a person being sugar-coated, almost too good to be true. However, Jesus brings his listeners back to thinking about how a person should live and links it with what a person says.
While Jesus knows that a person can give the impression of goodness, their words will betray what is really in their heart. Notice the words ‘… what the heart is full of’. The use of the words ‘… stored up …’ in Luke 6:45 remind me of what is said in Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
It is not a case of us being good, or even living a good life. Everything is dependent upon God’s grace. We cannot live correctly in our own strength. Reflect on the verse in a previous post (2 Peter 3:11) where we were exhorted to life holy and godly lives. Goodness is another of those defining characteristics that should be evident in the life of the Christian.
Pray: Father, help us to focus our lives on you and to fill our hearts with your goodness. May your goodness overflow in us, to reach out to the world in which we live. Amen