“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. … out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 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.” – Jesus (Matthew 12:33-37 ESV)
This morning, I read Matthew 12 and was incredibly convicted by these words from Jesus. EVERY CARELESS WORD! I can’t even imagine how high the count must be by this time of careless words I’ve spoken that have hurt people or caused others to see Christ as less glorious than He is. The King James Version renders it, “every idle word.” The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges’ commentary adds, “useless, ineffectual for good. Words must be not only not evil, but they must be actively good.”
How can we–how can I–possibly live up to such a standard?
That’s why we so desperately need God’s grace for every single day. We need His strength to stop us when we are speaking useless words that point people to us or to silly things rather than to Christ. We need His mercy for the many times we fail.
Praise God that He is faithful to both uphold and forgive!