APRIL 19

 

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things—Matt. 12: 34, 35.

 

Our first concern, then, should be for the heart—that its affections and disposition may be fully under the control of Divine grace; that every principle of truth and righteousness may be enthroned there; that justice, mercy, benevolence, brotherly kindness, love, faith, meekness, temperance, supreme reverence for God and Christ, and a fervent love for all the beauties of holiness, may be firmly fixed as the governing principles of life. If these principles be fixed, established, in the heart, then out of the good treasure of the heart the mouth will speak forth words of truth, soberness, wisdom and grace.

 

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The heart is the source of our words and acts; therefore as one's words and acts are, his heart is. A good heart overflows in good words and acts; a wicked heart, in evil words and acts. How necessary, therefore, to keep the heart pure! To all the Lord's followers the admonition is certainly appropriate, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Prov. 4: 23).

 

Parallel passages: Luke 6: 45; Psa. 37: 30; Prov. 10: 20; 12: 6, 17-19; 15: 4, 23; Deut. 5: 29; 6: 5, 6; 1Sam. 16: 7; 1Chron. 28: 9; 2Cor. 12: 14; Psa. 51: 10; Jer. 17: 9, 10; Matt. 5: 8; 12: 33, 36, 37; 15: 18-20; 23: 26; Heb. 3: 8.

 

Questions: What were this week's experiences in line with this text? How did this text prove true in this week's experiences? What were the results?

 

SCATTER SEEDS OF KINDNESS

 

LOVING words will cost but little,

Journeying up the hill of life;

But they make the weak and weary

Stronger, braver for the strife.

 

Do you count them only trifles?

What to earth are sun and rain?

Never was a kind word wasted,

Never was one said in vain.

 

When the cares of life are many,

And its burdens heavy grow

 For the ones who walk beside you,

If you love them, tell them so.

What you count of little value

Hath an almost magic power,

And beneath that cheering sunshine

Hearts will blossom like a flower.

 

So, as up life's hill we journey,

Let us scatter all the way

Kindly words, to be as sunshine

In the dark and cloudy day.

Grudge no loving word, my brother,

As along through life you go,

To the ones who journey with you;

If you love them, tell them so.

 

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