Luke 24:32 “They said to one another, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?’”
A funny thing happened to me a few years ago. Well, it’s not funny, but it is interesting. I had to go through some chemo treatment for a rare blood disease I have. After going through the chemo I discovered that hot sauce or spicy foods do not bother me anymore. I can eat the hottest stuff and it just doesn’t phase me. Not only does the heat from the peppers not bother me, but I also don’t suffer from heartburn. That’s kind of neat.
But have you ever had your heart burn for the Lord? I mean, have you ever had this deep yearning and ache for more of Him, more of His Word, more of His touch? That is exactly what these two felt as the Lord was with them on the Emmaus road. His words just drew them in. They were hanging on every word He spoke.
Don’t you wish your children would hang on your every word? Don’t you wish they just waited with anticipation every time you opened your mouth? Now that would be a miracle, wouldn’t it? Maybe the reason they don’t is because you aren’t speaking truth in love. Maybe every time you open your mouth you are being critical. Maybe every time they have to sit through one of your lectures they get real heartburn.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The words you speak to your child will determine their destiny. So are you the hot sauce or the Rolaids? Lol Do you cause pain or bring comfort? Are you inviting or repelling with your words?
We must correct our children. We must teach them truth. But Jesus did not teach to belittle. He taught to comfort and direct. His light drew people to Him to hear His words.
So the next time you get heartburn, think about your words. Are they as painful as that burning in your throat and stomach? Or are they like a soothing balm? It really is your choice.