Monday, May 21, 2012

The Morning After: Careless Words

I took a week out of my series on the book of 1 Kings yesterday for several reasons. But the main one was that I had a crazy busy week and I just did not fully grasp the text of Scripture that I was planning on preaching. In addition, there were some things that happened late in the week in our life that moved me to think about the use of the words I use. There was a really horrible situation at my sons soccer game, where parents and coaches responded poorly to some calls by the refs. It was embarrassing and really sad. When I heard about that event, my mind was immediately brought to the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:36:
"I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak."
On the day of judgment, every person will give an account for every careless word they speak. Think about that. Every careless word! When Jesus said every 'careless word', He meant any word that is unprofitable or any word that is just idle; any word that does not bring resolution to a given situation. The Scriptures are filled with warnings and admonitions to use caution with our words. For instance:
"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." (Ephesians 4:29)
But there is probably no section of Scripture that speaks to the issue of our words like the book of Proverbs. In this message, I tried to show how God stands in opposition to the wicked tongue (Prov. 6:16-19; 8:13; 12:22; 26:28). In addition, I tried to show the power of the words that we speak (Prov. 18:20-21;  11:9-11; 12:18; 15:1; 25:18). Finally, I tried to show the significance of our responsibility to control our words (Prov. 4:24; 10:19; 12:19).

I know that I will always struggle with my tongue. I will always struggle with saying the right things at the right times. But I also know, that God has saved me from speaking falsehoods. He has redeemed me from being controlled by my tongue. He is changing me from the inside out. And as He continually changes me from the inside out, my speech will see changes. I pray I continue to change.

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