Thought for the Day #291

 

CAREFUL SPEECH

 

Matthew 12:35-37   (New American Standard Bible)

 

35“The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 36“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.  37“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 

Spoken words are powerful elements. They can express life or death, hope or discouragement, even blessing or cursing. Jesus declares that our words are expressions of the abundance of our heart.

 

He spoke the above Scripture to those evil accusers who were attacking him.

He stresses the importance of controlling our speech and directing our words   toward others, wisely.

 

Our speech can be tremendously constructive, bringing forth good work and blessing upon others and our self. It should also be terribly destructive, causing much pain and anguish.

 

Let us be careful to heed the warning given by our Lord Jesus. Each of us shall give an account before God for our speech. We are aware that vulgar or inordinate words should never be uttered. Cursing is to be avoided.

 

Just as importantly, careless, insensitive, or conversation filled with gossip can do tremendous harm.

 

The Lord declares that our words will either justify, or condemn us. We will give an account for the speech our tongue produces. The speech will either justify us or bring blessing and reward, or they will condemn us and produce deserved judgment.

 

Take inventory. Examine your speech. Is it the kind of expression that will produce justification and blessing? If not, the Lord will help you exercise discipline, and change it today.

 

Prayer:  Dear God, I confess that my speech sometimes leaves much to be desired. I know that my words reveal the condition of my heart. I ask you to help me cleanup my spirit and speak positive words. I want to produce good and not evil. Forgive my improper speech. Cleanse my heart and forgive my sin, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.