“So give for alms those things that are within;
and see, everything will be clean for you.”
~ Luke 11:41
“From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Often, we can tell what is inside the human person by his words or his actions. A joyful and carefree spirit is reflected in a bright and smiling face. When one’s heart is filled with sorrow, the face is dark and gloomy.
Beware though of people who are cunning and deceitful. They are not to be trusted. They smile at you but deep inside are full of anger and hatred for you. They may seem to be generous and willing to help but they might just be out to take advantage of you. These are people who wear masks of deceit to hide their true intentions. And unfortunately, they are quite many.
But often in our daily lives we also wear masks. I would sometimes hold back my tongue and hide my true feelings for fear of hurting people I love. Or sometimes, I smile through my pain and sorrow so as not to burden or worry those around me. And I hate myself for those times when I would feign sadness just to get back at some people.
A good lesson therefore is to always have a heart that is full of love, kindness and joy. And then, to act out, say and do things out of the fulness of the heart. Then everything will be clean for me.
“Lord, fill my heart with your love and kindness, that everthing I do and say will be clean.”