”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...
“For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are hard pressed in every way, but not crushed; perplexed (ἀπορούμενοι), but not in despair (ἀλλ᾽ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι); persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” (2 Cor 4: 5-9)
Is this a weak “leadership style”? I mean, one might think it was disconcerting for the newly-baptised Corinthians to hear from Apostle Paul all these admissions of w...
“Sell your possessions, and give alms (ἐλεημοσύνην); provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Lk 12: 33-34)
Give it away, the Lord says to me today. Give “alms” (a corruption of the Greek word “eleimosini,” meaning “mercy” or “pity”). This includes my material possessions, but not exclusively and not even essentially. The kind of “alms” our Lord is talking about (eleimosini) involve a self-giving of the heart; an overflowing of the heart with mercy, pity, and compassion. This kind of giving is the opposite of self-pity, self-seeking, and self-isolation, and it provides me with true wealth “that does not fail.”