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    “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:…” Zephaniah 3 : 13

    I am grateful to be learning at Plainfield Independent Church, how to prepare the heart and work to stay the long course and the importance of making a covenant with God.

    It is interesting how heart and mouth connect in the Bible. From last week I looked up heart since it was mentioned several times. Jesus says, “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” He was addressing the hypocrisy, deceit and speaking of lies. Here the mouth is the overflow of the heart.
    From Websters 1828, “Heart: The seat of the will; hence, secret purposes, intentions or designs.”
    In my life I got into the habit of trying to keep things smooth (mollify, flatter, appease, pacify). This often lead to me suppressing the truth or giving in rather than face the situation honestly. My heart was full of fear and thoughts of self and it was hidden in being “good”. As I go along I find it is so much easier to refute a negative thought immediately, than later when it is well-established habit.

    It struck me that to be part of the remnant demands honesty. I am grateful to be learning how to “pitch” my heart as Noah did the ark. Honesty, a Biblical principle, is continually and clearly taught at Plainfield.

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