Sometimes I hate mirrors.
They are simply too often bluntly truthful. They show us reality - not the fantasy we’ve convinced ourselves about ourselves.
Actual physical mirrors can be brutal - but the “Spiritual Mirror” that the Holy Spirit shows me - is way worse. Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives me a glimpse of who I really am - and that can be ugly.
A foul word muttered under my breath or that screams into to my mind. A mean-spirited comment, a biting “joke” or put-down - that would have been better left unsaid. An attitude that belittles or degrades someone. The realization that I’ve allowed my heart to despise someone - that God loves.
Sometimes my words (spoken or unspoken) are a mirror - of a very ugly reality. As Luke 6:45 says: “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” I say things (or think things) that reveal the reality of my heart.
I heard a guy recount how he had mis-read the manual on a rented RV. When he went to empty the sewage tank - which you do by hooking an air hose to one side and opening a valve on the other side causing the nasty stuff to flow out through a hose. He thought the manual said to put 100 lbs of air pressure into the tank to force the sewage out. It actually said to put 10.0 lbs of air pressure.
When he finally got almost 100 lbs of pressure into the RV tank - he opened the valve, turning the sewage hose into a living, flying, sewage spitting something. There was sewage everywhere.
Is that your mouth? Sharp words. Biting comments. Insults or mocking.
Ephesians 4:29 says that our words are supposed to be different… “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
But please understand this. It isn’t about just shoving a sock in your mouth so that you don’t say bad stuff. Stopping up the outlet will only increase the pressure over time.
We’ve got to change the source.
What comes out of our mouths - comes from our hearts.
What we need is transformation. Forgiveness, cleansing, reshaping. We need what God promises us in Ezekiel 36:26 “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”
Ask Him to change you, to cleanse you, to transform your heart.