Friday, January 14, 2022
33 “If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.
34-37 “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
-Matthew 12:33-37 The Message
Words Reveal Character
Verse 33: “Either assumes the tree to be good as well as its fruit good, or assume the tree to be bad as well as its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.
Verse 34: You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, express any good things? For the mouth speaks from that which fills the heart.
Verse 35: The good person brings out of his good treasure good things; the evil person brings out of his evil treasure evil things.
Verse 36: But I tell you that for every careless word that people speak, they will give an account of it on the day of judgment.
Verses 34-36 studies: Jesus reminds us what we say comes from the heart. Do you have any kind words from your heart? Your words are what your heart is. You can’t solve your heart’s problems, but you can speak in good words. Let the Holy Spirit fill you with new attitudes and motives, then your words will be cleansed as their source.
Verse 37: For by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”
Matthew 7:16-18; Luke 6:43, 44; John 15:4-7
Matthew 3:7; 23:33; Luke 3:7; Luke 6:45; Ephesians 4:29
Matthew 13:52; Colossians 4:6
I ask myself the question every day are my words meaningful? I have to admit that it is not always pleasurable. I’m a little too bold, not in sharing your word, but bold as in telling people what they need to hear. I’m not bold enough to talk to people about you as much as I should be. My words would not be comforting when I’m confronted with a non-believer. Father, I pray I can be better at my words. Let us all be that way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.