Moreover, I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will have to give account for every careless word they have spoken;
Matthew 12:36 (CJB)
That is a scary statement from our Lord. I admit I say things I don’t mean more often than I should. I have said things, not on purpose, but nevertheless that have hurt people’s feelings. Maybe even my dog’s feelings when I send him to the other room when he acts up.
I have said for a while now that this thing we call Christianity is a very serious thing. Reading the verse above in context is even more scary.
“If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good; and if you make a tree bad, its fruit will be bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart. The good person brings forth good things from his store of good, and the evil person brings forth evil things from his store of evil. Moreover, I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will have to give account for every careless word they have spoken; for by your own words you will be acquitted, and by your own words you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:33-37 (CJB)
It is not just that words can be spoken carelessly, but that the words convey no concern for the other person or situation. Without care, concern, and love for our fellow man, we hurt and wound them. If we are known to be a Christian or believer, we are not representing Yeshua/Jesus or the family of Yehovah/God in a good light.
We should always strive to represent the King and Kingdom well. Our King felt compassion for the hurting, infirmed, needy, hungry people around Him. We should imitate Him and be compassionate in word and deed.
Always used kind words.
Heavenly Father, help me to always see people as You see them and react in a meaningful way to the person and the situation. Use me to be Your hands and heart to those I come in contact with today. Amen,
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