What fruits are we bringing forth in our lives? Are they, or are they not, fruits of the Spirit? What kind of evidence do our words supply as to the state of our hearts?
Do we talk like people whose hearts are “right in the sight of God?” Conduct is the grand test of character. Words are one great evidence of the condition of the heart.
~ J.C. Ryle
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1986], 193.