Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: Words

 Good morning! I hope you slept well. We slept almost too well. Poor hubs was running late for work today. 

Have you ever stopped to think about your words? The way you speak and what you say can influence, uplift, tear down, discourage, frighten, anger, amuse, or give thought to someone else. Your words (and actions) can make someone decide they want to follow in your footsteps or have nothing more to do with you. That's an awful lot of power for speech.
  In Matthew 12 : 33 - 37, Jesus is still addressing the pharisees who accused him of casting out devils by the power of Beelzebub, prince of the devils. (v24). Jesus had already explained that Satan would only be defeating himself if Jesus was casting out devils through him (v25 -30) and also warned them about blaspheming the Spirit (v31 and 32). 
  33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by his fruit.
 34. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart tfhe mouth speaketh.
  35. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
 36. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.
  37. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Jesus may have been speaking to the pharisees during this time but the message is for us as well. People know you by your fruits. Part of your fruits is what you say. If we are out slandering and gossiping, swearing like sailors or telling obscene or derogatory jokes is a stranger going to take us seriously as Christians? Are our friends and family going to pay us any heed when we try to teach them? Perhaps we should think before we speak. 
  "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." That pretty much sums it up right there. As the old saying goes, garbage in, garbage out. We should be filling our hearts and minds with things that are good. 


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