MATTHEW 12:36-37 NIV 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Few people realize the importance of the words they speak.
There is almost no way to overemphasize the importance of what we say. Yet most people give it almost no thought — usually speaking without even thinking.
Jesus came from Heaven and revealed to us that words are important. Very important. The Bible has much to say on this subject. We ignore it at our own peril.
You may not be familiar with what the Bible says about the importance of words, but if you knew only the verse above, Matthew 12:36-37, that should be enough to convince you. Your judgment will be determined by the words you have spoken.
Certainly, this is not a negative message. When we understand the importance and power of words, we can use them for good. The Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Just as fire can cause great destruction, tamed and controlled it can be a great blessing to us. So it is with words. Life is in the power of the tongue. That means life is controlled by words.
I repeat: life is controlled by words. Words release authority. Words determine the course of events. Words matter.
What should you do about this?
First, you need to study what the Bible says about words. Jesus said if you continue in His Word you would know the truth and the truth would make you free (John 8:31-32).
Also, you need to ask the Lord to teach you and help you to speak correctly — because we must have God’s help to tame our tongue.
JOHN 14:18 NIV 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
You are not facing life all alone — no matter how you feel.
Jesus is with you. He promised to never forsake you.
Our enemy loves to make us think we have no help, that God does not care, and we have no hope. But the devil is a liar.
“But why does God allow things to look so bleak? Why doesn’t He help me sooner?”
God desires faith and trust from us. Without testing times we would have no opportunity to show our faith. Without obstacles we would have nothing to overcome.
We must always remember that God is raising a family, preparing us for eternity with Him. It can be a great error to judge everything by “the bottom line” today.
We must trust our Father God, because only He really knows what the “true bottom line” is. And we can trust Him, because He is good and trustworthy.
Yes. But it’s always an open-Book test. With the help of God’s instruction Book — the Bible — you can always pass the test.
1 THESSALONIANS 2:4 NKJ 4 . . . even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.
God doesn’t test you to hurt you, but so you can experience victory. He walks in faith and believes you will win every test. He is like a confident parent who tells their child to “Go out there and show them what you can do,” expecting them to win.
In all schooling there is testing to determine whether the material taught has been mastered.
Testing is necessary and even beneficial for the one being tested. You may think you’re ready to graduate — but testing confronts you with reality.
Testing lets you know how you’re doing. If you’re not doing so well, turn to God, asking for His help. Spend more time in God’s Word and in prayer.
Remember that God’s tests are different than the temptations of the devil. God’s test is whether you will act on His Word.
God never tempts you to do wrong! He never uses evil to test you (James 1:13). God just allows you to overcome evil by acting on His Word — which is more than enough to put you over.
PSALM 105:19 NKJ 19 Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.
You should always stand in faith, resisting the devil. God’s Word always works — but not always instantly. From when you take your stand on God’s Word to when the answer manifests, constitutes the test.
Remember, God is for you — He’s on your side. He sent His Word, His Holy Spirit, His angels, and His ministers to help you.
JOHN 3:16 KJV 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Many people quote John 3:16 — but how many believe it?
God never changes. If He loved the people of the world in the past — He still loves them today. Yet many people think God is mad at sinners — and hates them.
ROMANS 5:8 NIV 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God is NOT mad at sinners. He loves them enough to die for them — even today! We should not be mad at sinners either. They are deceived and enslaved by sin. They need to be delivered, and no one can do it except Jesus.
Of course, God doesn’t want people to remain sinners. He loves them too much for that. Sin destroys. It brings death. But the gift of God is life — and that gift is found in a Person: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the best friend a sinner will ever have. They need to know that. Someone has to tell them the truth. They think Jesus hates them because they’re a sinner and not perfect. (The devil already fed them that lie.)
Let’s tell them the truth!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:19 NIV 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
God is not holding people’s sins against them. People need to know that. When they do — they will love Jesus.
PROVERBS 18:20-21 NKJ 20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:20 says what your lips produce will fill your life. Your lips produce — words.
Words determine the course and the outcome of your life. You now have, and will continue to have, the fruit your tongue produces.
To change your life you need to change your words.
JAMES 3:2,8 NIV 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
To change the words you speak you need God’s help.
As Jesus said, out of the abundance of your heart your mouth will speak. So, you need a new heart and you need it filled with God’s Word. Only in that way can your tongue be brought under complete control.
JOHN 8:31-32 NKJ 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Many people are afraid that God’s Word will put them in bondage — because of the rules they think they will have to follow. But Jesus said God’s Word would make you free.
Abide means to live, to continue, or to spend time somewhere.
If you continue to spend time in Jesus’ Word — you will know the truth.
When you know the truth, you will act on that knowledge — and acting on the truth will make you free!
The Bible, especially the message of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, will set you free if you continue in it.
We are not guaranteed instant results, although sometimes they do happen. Freedom is certain, however, if you stick with God’s Word. Jesus gave His guarantee!
If you are not enjoying freedom in any area of your life — you have not continued in God’s Word enough in that area. Feed it in: speak it, sing it, read it, write it, think it, dream it!
God’s Word has the information that, when acted upon, will make you free!
1 PETER 5:7 AMPLIFIED 7 Casting the whole of your care — all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all — on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.
God is not just mildly interested in you. He cares for you just as a good mother cares for her infant child — affectionately and watchfully.
Would it be reasonable for a well-loved infant to worry? Neither is it reasonable for you to worry when God loves you and has promised to take care of you.
To worry you must believe one of two lies: God can’t take care of you, or God won’t take care of you.
PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 NRSV 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Worry is not appropriate for a child of God.
2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-8 NLT 6 Remember this — a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
God is love. Love gives and helps others. God wants you to be like Him — to be a giver.
God, knowing human nature, gave incentives to encourage us to be givers. Not only does giving make us feel good, but God promises whatever we give will be multiplied back to us — the same way seed planted by a farmer produces a larger harvest.
LUKE 6:38 NLT 38 If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving — large or small — it will be used to measure what is given back to you.”
God’s plan is to develop you into a loving, giving person who trusts God.
Faith and love — the two primary attributes God is working to develop in us — are both exercised by giving.
It takes faith to give. It seems safer and more prudent to hold on to everything we have, just in case we might need it. But God encourages us to be generous and give to others — trusting Him to multiply our giving back to us.
Someone has well said that whatever we give does not leave our life, but just enters our future, where it will be multiplied.
JOHN 14:16 NKJ 16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever,
If you allow Him to, the Holy Spirit will guide you in every area of life; from the words you should speak, to the spouse you should marry, to the investments you should make.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity of God. It is difficult for humans to understand how there can be only one God, as the Scriptures teach, yet He can reveal Himself as three persons. So do not let it be an obstacle for you, or be drawn into fighting about it.
The Holy Spirit is a person, not just a force. He should be treated with the utmost respect and gratitude.
I have personally found the Holy Spirit to be a wonderful, wonderful Helper — in so many ways. Even in simple, practical things, like reminding me of things, or helping me to find misplaced items. The Holy Spirit is truly interested in everything that affects you, and desires to help you — if you will allow Him to.
No doubt, the Holy Spirit has been helping you, too. You just may not have recognized it. You may have called it “a hunch” or “it just came to me” or “I just had an idea.” Start giving thanks to the real source of your help — the Holy Spirit of God.
The Bible mentions several ways the Holy Spirit helps: teaching you all things, bringing the Word to your remembrance, telling you of things to come, revealing to you the things of God, comforting you, encouraging you, empowering you to be a witness, and bringing life and healing to you.
You are not facing life all alone — as an orphan would. The Holy Spirit is with you continually — living with you. When you need help He is never far away, but always right with you, waiting for you to call on Him for His help.
ROMANS 5:8 NKJ 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God has proven His love for you. So don’t doubt it.
What proves that God loves you more than you love yourself? He died in your place — suffering the punishment for sin that you deserved, so you could go free. God was more willing to suffer Himself than to see you suffer.
Of course, the devil constantly tries to get you to doubt that God loves you. That’s why you must rely on what the Bible says — not what your feelings or circumstances may tell you.
You may think you don’t love yourself — maybe you think you hate yourself. Even if you don’t think too highly of what you have done, you still love yourself in the sense that you desire the best for yourself. You don’t desire pain or loss.
So it is with God — He desires good for you — even more than you do. And He demonstrated at Calvary that He would put your interest before His own.
1 JOHN 4:16 NKJ 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
There are at least two reasons why God loves you so much. First, it is His nature to love. The Bible says that God is love. Love is the word that best describes God’s nature.
Second, you are His creation. God loves you just as good earthly parents love their offspring. People may not seem very special to others, but to their mother and father they are always special. This should help you understand how God could really like you — even though you may not like yourself very much.
Also, God sees you as you can be and will become — not just as you are now. God has faith in you and in His ability to make you someone special.
Choose to believe what the Bible says: God loves you.