Today’s message in church spoke to my heart. The Scripture was Matthew 12: 33-37. The sermon was primarily about our day to day conversations….and about how often we use thoughtless and careless words. The Bible tells us that one day, we will give account for every careless word we have spoken.
Many of us might think that our minds are the source of our words. But in truth, our hearts are the source of our words. We must get our hearts in tune to the Lord’s ways before our mouths can be meaningful and helpful. The only one who can change our hearts is Jesus! He is the creator of all good things. In His Word, He reminds us to know our hearts, protect our hearts and cultivate our hearts so that we can bring Him honor and glory…not only in how we behave, but how we speak.
Taming the tongue is particularly challenging. Its said that each person in America speaks about 16,000 words a day! That’s a lot of words! But how much of that is negative or idle speaking? How often do we put down someone because of their weight, their dress, their hairstyle? How often do we use our words to build someone up or encourage them? Whatever you are saying, you will give an account to Christ.
We were left with this reminder about our words:
1. BEFORE YOU SPEAK, THINK!
2. WHEN YOU SPEAK, HELP!