Matthew 12:35 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”

Are you filled up to overflowing with goodness? Are those around you on the receiving end of the abundance of goodness that you have inside of you? Or have you spent too much time filling yourself up with evil and that’s what spills out instead? “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Matthew 12:34. If I look at my life critically, I must confess that I still have a lot of evil in my heart. I fall short time and time again and I have no one to blame for it but myself. The things that are important to me, that I treasure, that I store up in my heart and in my mind, impact my life and the lives of those around me.

According to beekeepinigabc.com, “The flavor of honey depends on the type of flowers within roughly 2 miles of the hive that produces it. This is because Honey Bees have an average foraging radius of two miles, and the type of flower the bees gather nectar from directly influences both the flavor and color of the honey they produce.” The flowers that surround the bee have a direct influence on the flavor and color of the honey it produces. In the same way, what you surround yourself with has a direct influence on what you produce in your life. What’s in your two mile radius that shouldn’t be there?

It’s interesting that the verse doesn’t say, “A good man brings good things out of the good done to him.” Nor does it say that “an evil man brings evil things out of the evil done to him.” The real key here is what you treasure in your heart. Those thoughts or attitudes that we won’t let go of. Past habits that we continue to give meaning to end up shaping our daily lives. As you search your heart today, is there something that you need to hand over to God? Let go of the evil and treasure God in its place. It only has as much control over your present reality as you let it have. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21.