Words, Words, Words
My Lord, may my words flow from a heart that is singly devoted to You, and may they breathe life to others.
What does fruit tell about the tree from which it fell?
Some people have an amazing ability to be able to speak: they seem to just open their mouths and beautiful words flow out! One of my friends is so close to the Lord that her words are gracious, her thoughts are pure, her encouragements are always verses from Scripture. But some of us have only to open our mouths and out comes the saddest stream of drivel and unloveliness. We know that what we do and what we say depends on, and reveals, who we really are.
Jesus told his critics that his words and actions showed he was ushering in the new kingdom of God (25-28). So this immediately raises a question: what do our words and actions reveal of our true nature and of the state of our hearts (34b)? If a glass of bitter water is knocked over, bitter water comes out; if a glass of sweet water is nudged, what spills out? It's obvious--yet don't we often hesitate to apply the logic to our own speech?
There is good news, however. Look at verse 31--and Jesus' promise of forgiveness. Because without that forgiveness, there is a dreadful moment yet to come for each of us (36).
When you speak worthless or hurtful words, be quick to acknowledge it, and when needed, to ask forgiveness.
Lord, help me to understand the power of my words and speak good words that bring life.