“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.”
Jesus taught throughout his ministry that the heart is the essence of who we are. If there is goodness in our hearts, goodness will manifest in our lives. If there is anger in our hearts, according to Jesus, it is just as dangerous as murder because anger will inevitably manifest in our lives. When we practice gratitude during this season of Lent, we are intentionally seeking to redirect our hearts from judgments and complaints to gratitude and joy. We recognize that even though we may not complain with our lips, the complaints within our hearts are just as destructive. The Good News is that the opposite is also true: gratitude within our hearts becomes manifest through our words and actions whether we intend it to or not. As we reflect on this experience of seeking to transform our hearts from producing bad fruit to good, reflect on the difference between what you say and what you feel deep within your heart. If you’ve successfully not complained with your lips, are the complaints still within you? How can you be transformed from within?