In the early 90’s Martha Stewart had her own cooking and crafting show which she always ended it by saying, “It’s a Good Thing”. She had all of us viewers instantly agreeing with her that what she said was a good thing. That is a powerful phrase that Martha Stewart coined. It was positive and it got everyone to think positively about what she had just demonstrated and said to us. Words have the power to change our world for the good of mankind or for the worse.
Luke 6:45 “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.”
Are we speaking good or are we speaking evil?
When I pondered this, I certainly didn’t think that I ever spoke anything evil. When I think of evil, I think of images of the Dragon in Sleeping Beauty trying to destroy everything beautiful, or impish demonic creatures running around trying to lure people into temptation, or people who pre-meditate murder. No, I’m not like these things, I’m sure I don’t have anything to do with evil. But, when I broke down the Greek meaning of the words for “good” and “evil” in this passage, I find something different than what I considered “evil”. It’s not as distant from my life as I first thought.
Good/Agathos: 1. Of good nature 2. Useful, salutary 3. Good, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy 4. Excellent, distinguished 5. Upright, honorable
Evil/Poneros: 1. Bad, of a bad nature
The key to this passage is found in the last part of the verse “For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.” To find out what’s in our heart, good things or bad, all we have to do is listen to what we are saying. In the King James’ version of Luke 6:45 it is expressed this way, “…out of the good treasure of his heart…out of the evil treasure of his heart…”
Our mouth is the gauge to our treasure room
What is your heart speaking today? What has it said in the past? It’s time to re-evaluate the treasure room. Clean out the areas holding onto the evil and release that to Jesus and fill up our hearts with “Good Things”.
How to release those dark areas:
-Begin with a relationship with Jesus by asking him for forgiveness, believing that you are forgiven and ask him to change you.
-Whether you’re a brand new follower of Jesus or not, say these words, “Jesus, I give you permission to clean out the dark areas of my heart and I release those areas to you.”
How to fill our hearts with “Good Things”:
-Read the Bible (It’s full of good words for our lives)
-Pray these words, “Lord Jesus, fill me up with more of you and the good things you have for me”.
Now when the storms of life come, I’ll already have my heart full of good prepared to encourage not only myself, but others. “It’s a Good Thing”.