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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

”The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Lk 6: 45)

So I must see to it that I’m not hoarding “evil treasure” in my heart. What is that? For one thing, it’s resentments, toward certain people, toward certain institutions, toward myself, and toward God. When left unhealed, or buried deep in my heart, resentments lead me to feel and to speak ill about certain people and things as they are, from an abundance of ingratitude, self-centeredness, and other “evil treasure” they bring with them into my heart.

But let me not be discouraged, if my “mouth” has thus exposed some “evil treasure” in my heart. Today let me start replacing it with “good treasure,” like g...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” (Lk 6: 45)

Let me first take care of my heart this morning, letting God’s grace or “good treasure” in. Because really, I won’t be able to speak to people in any truly “good” and nurturing manner, without the abundance of God’s grace in my heart. When I re-connect with God wholeheartedly, His presence clears away any “evil treasure” cluttering my house, so it can let in the “abundance” of God’s wisdom, patience, humility, compassion, and love – all essential elements for acting or speaking in God’s productive and nurturing manner. “Create in me a clean heart, O God,” I ask Him this morning, “and ren...

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