The Filter Problem

So I recently found a love for coffee, I know, this means one of two things: (1.) it’s either a sign of the end days or (2.) I’m getting older. Repent NOW!!… Just kidding… The thing that fascinates me about coffee is the different techniques and the exact science it takes to brew a perfect cup of coffee. The bible even states the importance of coffee in the book of HeBrews. In my attempt to make a perfect cup of filter coffee I decided to grind my own coffee beans. But I realised that if I’m not careful, the filter lets some of the ground coffee through and it ends up destroying the coffee.

Throughout our lives we are taught to filter our words and our actions, but that doesn’t really work does it?

We live constantly filtering our words and our actions by asking ourselves various questions. What would Jesus do? Will these words build or break down somebody? etc. But every now and then some things escape those filters like a locked up Michael Scofield. And we do everything we can to make our filters more effective. But what if I told you you don’t need a filter?

Matthew 15:18-19 holds the key to a filterless life. The root of your actions and your words is that indescribable source in your life the Bible calls your HEART. We can try and filter all we like, but we will end destroying relationships if we do not change our hearts. If you have sudden outbursts of anger, the problem is not your filtration system, but your heart.

If you find yourself hurting people with words filled with anger you need to stop trying not to say those words and start to deal with the anger in your heart. Jesus mentions thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander as a reflection of your heart. So let’s start changing our hearts by asking God the same question that David asked God in Psalm 139:23-24.

I end with the words of the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon. That where he states the one thing above all his teachings that we should remember.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”


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