Spoken Words Measure the Condition of Your Heart

Man, I would pay hundreds of dollars to have some of my spoken words back. If you are like me, there are a number of relationships that have been damaged by your words.  Often, I think that I am being funny but have discovered from others that I’m not!  I have hurt my wife, my kids, even my sweet grandkids, family, dear friends, and people who may have become close friends if not for my insensitive words.  Perhaps, you identify with me regarding upsetting, unkind, malicious, hurtful, offensive spoken words.

Jesus made some staggering comments about the origin of words in Matthew 12:33-37,  33 Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

  • It becomes obvious that the condition of your heart determines the value of your words.  Verse 34 states, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”  Then, verse 35 emphasizes this by stating, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”  If you speak hateful, malicious, lying words, it is because your heart is evil and in need of repair.  Spoken words are an accurate acid test of the shape of your heart.
  • Jesus throws a verbal punch that is flooring in verses 36 and 37, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  OUCH! Your spoken words are eternally impacting. 
  • Verse 33 gives you a summary that each of you must heed and understand, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” 

The “heart” of Christianity is all about relationships…loving God and having compassion for and sensitivity to others.  The impact of your spoken words to those around you measures the condition of your heart.

Proverbs 4:23&24 describes what’s required from you, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.”  If is essential for each of us to keep our heart pure and good.  How do we do that?  Proverbs 4:20-22 tells us how, My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”  Marinate your heart with God’s Word. His Word becomes a healing scalpel that makes you whole.  Once this is done, your words become a blessing to God and others.

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