Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s snowing down south”? Growing up in my culture it was a way of one lady saying to another that her slip was hanging down below the hemline of her dress. (Bet you’re wondering where I’m going with this one!)
The fact of the matter is all of us give our innermost values and beliefs away on a daily basis by our attitudes, actions and words. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:45, “A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” NLT
No matter how hard we try to camouflage our hurts, our disappointments, our insecurities, our anger, our bitterness or our prejudices, sooner or later they’re going to slip out and give anyone around us with any discernment a view into our heart. Hebrews 12:15 warns us that we must stay on constant guard against any root of bitterness springing up in our hearts. When we spot one we must immediately pull it out to keep it from taking over and choking out the good fruit the Holy Spirit is trying to produce in us.
Jesus said the converse of this is true as well. If we are abiding in the Vine (John 15:5), he will produce in us a bumper crop of what the Scripture calls the fruit of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22, 23). As a result, our lives will be filled with kind acts, joyful attitudes, loyal behavior and edifying conversation.
So what’s showing in your life? What’s evident to all those who have regular interaction with you? Is it spiritual and emotional health and maturity, or is it broken, wounded and hurtful behavior that speaks to the spiritual and emotional brokenness that you need to allow God to heal?