“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:33-37
This passage spoke so heavily to me today that when I read it, I felt compelled to share it. I struggle to contain my anger at times, especially when driving. Although I have never acted on my anger in a physical way, I use a lot of empty words. Vicious words, not well wishing words.
I’ve always thought these words were forgivable, and in the grand scheme of things, I believe they still are, but according to Matthew 12:36, I will account for every empty word I have spoken on the day of judgement.
What we say always matters. It’s not just a cliche. When I believe I am alone and no one can hear me, God can. He is recording all of my sin. Even though I am forgiven of all of this, I will answer for it. God is perfect in justice, so He keeps perfect records.
Jesus said in Matthew 15:11 “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
Think about that. Do you remove junk food, trans fat, gluten, sugars, carbs, soft drinks, caffeine, or anything else from your diet? None of these things defile you, but using words to do anything but build the glory and honor of God, is defiling.
Words are powerful. Children are killing themselves due to bullying. Parents are fighting one another over things said in anger. Words have incited wars, they have executed influential people, and they have condemned and ostracized people from society. The pen is truly mightier than the sword, and words can do more damage than a nuclear bomb.
Let’s flush the anger and evil from our hearts and let God fill our love tank with His perfect love.