I’m a quiet person; always have been. I tend not to speak out of turn, nor do I usually offer up unsolicited opinions. Keeping my mouth shut, even if I have to grit my teeth, is my usual method. But I, apparently, never have to say a word, because my feelings must be written all over my face. There have been many church services in which things happen to either upset me or amused me in some way, and I try to conceal my feelings. But after repeatedly locking eyes with my wife, and seeing her mouthe, “FIX-YOUR-FACE,” I’ve come to learn that my non-verbal facial expressions, and body language can reveal more than my words.
In many ways, people can tell your testimony based on your disposition. You think people don’t know you, but they know more than you think. People can discern if you are happy with any given situation, such as a job or relationship, because it’s written all over your face. People can figure out your view of your own life and circumstances, because it’s written all over your face. People can even tell how you REALLY feel about THEM; because many times, it’s written all over your face; you don’t have to say a word.
Proverbs 15:13 (Amplified Version) say, “A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face,
But when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed.” In other words, the condition of your heart rings loudly. The confession of your mouth means nothing if it is not aligned with the state of your soul (the seat of all your emotions and opinions). I know the scripture says that only God looks at the heart, but sometimes we show our hand.
Instead of “fixing your face,” God is wanting to help you “fix your heart.” The superficial expressions used to hide our deep corruptions are fruitless. No matter how good we are at masking our true feelings, we all eventually expose them. Why not allow God into our deepest emotions, and allow Him to heal us thoroughly from the inside out? If we can trust Him with our physical needs, He can also be trusted with our emotions. And when He has fully healed our hearts, our smiles for Him will be better than any word ever heard.
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“Written All Over Your Face” was written by Larry Marcus. Produced by Larry Marcus and Jim Salamone. Performed by The Rude Boys (Unofficially Featuring Gerald Levert). Released 1991.