Matthew 12:33 – “Either make the tree (your heart) good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. (Then Jesus speaks to the Pharisees.) (Verse 34) “Brood of vipers! How can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Verse 35) “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasures brings forth evil things.
(Verse 36) “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. (Verse 37) “For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”
Yes, we are saved by grace, but if you really believe and are born again, your heart will be changed and your mouth will be changed also. It takes a while and we have to work on what comes out of our mouth.
Does “Freedom of Speech” mean I can say anything I want and not have to give an account to God? Does this freedom of speech mean that we can say anything we want to others, and it not cost us anything including a relationship?
Those of us who live in America, have this right of Freedom of Speech. But for those born into the kingdom of God, we will give account for every idle word. Just because America says its legal, does it make it right? There is a higher law and we are accountable to God.
Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 39:1 – I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.”
Have you ever made this statement, “I probably shouldn’t say this, but…” Then we usually, more times than not, say it anyway. It’s either the Holy Spirit or common sense telling us not to say it, but we ignore it.
Do you know people who say something hurtful and then follow with, “I was only joking!” Proverbs 26:18 – Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, (Verse 19) is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!”
Have you ever been around someone like that? This is putting little “jabs” in the conversation and then say that they were just kidding. Normally, once we get jabbed we stab back. Many times we give a little jab to someone and there is truth to what we are saying. We cross the line thinking its funny, but it hurts.
According to Jesus, we speak out of the abundance of what is in our heart, so we did mean what we said. Jesus compared words to fruit on trees and trees have roots. So we need to figure out, “What is growing in our life that produced that fruit that just came out of our mouth!
Here is the only way we can deal with bad words, repent! Ask for forgiveness and if bad words have been spoken to you, forgive. If we have bad words, cut the tree down, by figuring out what the root cause is.
Here is a big fat lie that a lot of people believe: They believe that they can say something and the words will just “evaporate” into the air. However, James said the tongue can start a forest fire with a little spark. Some people are a “Black Belt” with their tongues. They know exactly where to inflict the punch to cause the most damage. We don’t have to lay a hand on someone in order to cause hurt, people can do it with their mouth.
People have to realize what they are saying and change it as soon as possible or it will only get worse. Bad words last, but good words do too. Words cost, but they can also be an investment. Words can hurt, but they can also heal.
Ask yourself this question: Do my words build someone up, or do they cause harm in tearing someone down?