Obsessed; a persistent, idea, desire, or emotion that cannot be gotten rid of by reasoning.
It is easy to recognize obsession, just observe and listen to someone for any length of time and you can recognize their obsession, their passion. Because the Bible says that from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. What is in our hearts will come out of our mouths.
Listen carefully, what is coming out of your mouth? Preoccupation with self? Or work, children, your mate, possessions, money? Is the talk about acquiring more or satisfaction with what we have?
We can also hear heart attitude; murmuring, complaining, nothing is ever good enough or thankfulness, kindness, encouragement. Our mouths can minister life or death to another, our mate, our children, our friends, our co-workers. We can build up or tear down, that is the power of our tongues. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life)." Proverbs 18:21 Amplified
God can and does look on the heart of a man, but we, if we listen carefully can hear the heart of man.
I have a very dear friend and no matter where we are or what we are doing it doesn't take long before her obsession flows from her heart and out of her mouth. The obsession? Jesus Christ! Her love for Him and for His word is passionate and it is infectious.
If we call ourselves disciples of Jesus Christ that is exactly the way we are to be, light and salt in this world. Salt can most definitely be an irritant to some but to others it makes them thirsty for what we have. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 NASB.
In the coming week may we all be alert as to what is coming out of our mouths. Is it life or death, kindness or complaining?