PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 12:33-37
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)
God created us in His image, and part of that is creating this world with words.
Adam’s task was to name the animals, signifying his authority (Genesis 2:19-20).
But we name more than animals, we name (assign words to communicate) everything!
But what if we name evil good, and good evil (Isaiah 5:20)?
What if we speak death with our words, not life (Proverbs 18:21)?
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Matthew 12:34)
Jesus is not being harsh when He rebukes the religious leaders (brood of vipers).
He is showing how they are echoing the words of Satan (a viper is a serpent).
We can’t stop Satan from lying, but we can name him LIAR instead of believing him.
Do my words reflect the life and light of God or the lies of Satan?
What if I am complaining all the time, what is my heart full of?
What if my words are negative, doubtful, dark, gloomy, what is my heart like?
Words have power, they shape our world, for good or for bad.
Jesus is gently challenging me to think about the world I create with my words.
Lord, I do a lot of talking. My words can build up, or tear down. They can heal, or hurt. Help me to think before I speak, and to season all my words with grace.