There’s a giant hole in my basement ceiling, situated below my kitchen. A plumber ripped out the drywall ceiling in search of a leaking pipe. Sure enough there was a plastic vent pipe with three holes, compliments of a rat we’d caught in the crawl space two years earlier.
Instead of the water backing up into the kitchen sink, it found the holes of least resistance and flooded the ceiling.
What does that scenario have to do with eternal significance?
Because the image of those exposed pipes in the ceiling flooded my heart, reminding me….
When I don’t deal with hidden sin in my heart, especially a grievance against someone, foul words will eventually pour out of my mouth.
The problem isn’t my lips or mouth, it’s my heart.
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” (Matthew 15:18)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Un-confessed sin towards others creates the perfect environment for bitterness to take root. Like the blockage in my water pipe, my thoughts and attitudes fester, clog my arteries. I may not be aware of my heart’s condition until, BAM!
Someone triggers my emotions.
Releasing a barrage of unkind words, or a barb.
Exposing my unhealed wounds like the holes in a pipe, and all because I had a blockage in my heart called un-forgiveness.
Once spoken, hateful words are like releasing a bag of feathers into the wind. There is no getting them back.
But sometimes, unkind words are subtle. People have to read between the lines.
“Sideways,” a friend told me. “When we’re not forthright, everything comes out sideways.”
Like a verbal slap that comes from left field, but aimed to hit home.
Grumbling or murmuring behind someone’s back.
An “innocent” intentional action to make a point.
Passive aggressive is another label for not dealing honestly with others when we’re offended, or upset.
Fortunately, my heart was exposed last week along with my kitchen pipes. Now, everything is cleared, clean, in working order.
And the drywall man is here to repair the gutted ceiling.
Should I tell him what I learned, even in this?