Colossians 3:8 — “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.”
For about five weeks now, I have been having a pity party. It hasn’t been one that people can notice, but in my heart, I have been whining like a two-year-old. My lip is sticking out, and I have been pouting. But at the same time, I have been blessed! Ever been there?
Actions Vs. Words | Unruly Hearts
But this morning, I went on a hike with my son. We walked through the woods in the quiet of the morning. Just us two and nature. He is 12 and will be 13 in July, so we were discussing that it is time that he starts acting like a young man instead of a boy.
I was telling him that to do that; he needed to start getting control of his mouth and his emotions. I was telling him the older he got, the less he could act like a little boy throwing fits and letting his mouth run wild. (I have experience in this area). As he became more like a man, he had to get control of it. Then it dawned on me that I was preaching to myself.
You see, my actions weren’t evident to most people, but they were to God. God can see my heart, and my heart has been throwing some fits over the last few weeks. I have been mad in my heart, and God knew it.
What Paul Tells Us | Unruly Hearts
In Colossians, Paul is telling them to put aside their anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech. He isn’t just talking about the physical aspects of these things. He’s also talking about the heart of the matter as well.
So this morning, I told my heart to shut it up! I said to stop being angry, to prevent losing control, and to stop being hateful! I told it to grow up and to be a man, a godly man!
Because Paul goes on a few verses later and tells us what our heart should indeed be… “12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a spirit of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”
So if you have an unruly heart, take a moment and tell it to shut it up! Repent and let the Holy Spirit do a little heart surgery! It has already helped me!
Author: Pastor Jody of Man Up God’s Way.