Being careless with words

As I was reading through Matthew 12, verses 36-37 caught my attention: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” No. This does not mean our justification is not through faith in Chrits substitutionary atonement. No. This does not mean those that reject Christ can just speak good words to be reconciled to God. The context speaks otherwise; the verse prior states: “The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” In this passage Jesus clearly articulates that the types of words that come out of your mouth are tied to the state of your heart. Only God can justify us, fill us with His Spirit, and thereby change our heart, make us good, thereby enablig us to bring forth good words.

That theological disclaimer aside, I found myself meditating upon the  “careless word” part of the passage. A Christian who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit should bring forth good fruits, including good words! In fact it is one of the signs that a person is saved!

How often are we careless with our words? As a fellow christian I implore you to ask the Holy Spirit to guide your actions and your words. I urge you to think before you speak and to avoid  careless words:

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1. Words of foolishness that are filthy, unclean, and make one cringe.

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2. Words of anger that break the bond of brotherhood and unity in church.

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3. Words of gossip and slander, that create hostility and initiate unChristlike prejudices.

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4. Words of judgement that scar and cause sleepless nights for our neighbor.

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5. Words of discouragement that destroy both motive and desire, causing many to give up.

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“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Pro 16:24

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