Watch what you say

Matthew Bible Background

01.16.2017 – New Testament: Matt 12.36–37

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 12.22–50 on January 16, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Pharisees blasphemed the Holy Spirit, believing that Jesus cast demons out by the power of Satan, but since Jesus did it by the power of the Holy Spirit, they equated the Spirit with Satan. Jesus explained why He did not cast demons out by the power of Satan, but rather by the power of the Spirit.

He then warned about speaking careless words, showing that we will have to deal with them later,

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12.36–37). 

What we say matters. People really need to be careful, especially in this age of Social Media, for I fear that many say things that they think they can get away with, because of the anonymity, but God knows everything we say and we will have to give an account of everything that we have said.

Questions:

  • Have you sought God’s forgiveness for the evil things you have said?
  • Can you remember everything that you said, let’s say 20 years ago?

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