I missed last week but here I am again talking about the words we say. We are looking at how the words we say affect people and affect ourselves. There are so many scriptures we read and we apply them to the “other guy”. Have you ever been guilty of that? I know I have. Here is one passage of scripture that I think is one of the most applied to the “other guy”.
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good, and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom of evil. I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:33-37)
This passage comes in the middle of Jesus teaching on we can not be divided in how we think and how we act. He makes statements in this passage like, “If you are not gathering you are scattering or if you are not with me you are against me.” These are strong statements that tell us there is no middle ground. The thing is, I believe many Christians live in the middle ground area. They want to believe and to see the promises come to them but they are not willing to do what it takes to see that come to them. I know that I spent so much of my life living like this. When I saw the truth about how I was living it came to me from the words that were coming out of my mouth and the the lack of matching actions.
In Matthew 12:33-37 we read the people are know by their fruits or by the proof of how they are living (their actions match what they say). I reason I think that most people apply this to the “other guy” is because we use this scripture to give us permission to judge. Here Jesus is talking to people that should know how to act according to God’s law. He was showing them that people could see right through there religious hypocrisy. He was telling them that at the end of it all what we say will be matched up to our actions and they will either condemn us or acquit us. Think about what we know bout confession with our mouths. “If we confess our sins (some passages says, “if we confess with our mouths the Lord, Jesus), He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)” Did you see the connection between righteousness with our words? You see Jesus was never talking about looking at the other guy here he was asking us to look into us and ask ourselves the hard questions. Are our words matching with how we live? Do we confess our sins, but then continue in them? Do we confess that we need Jesus but live like we do not know Him? These questions must be answered if we are going to the next level in our relationship with Jesus.
In His Grip,