But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. (Matt 5:22 NASB)
Just a quick observation here. Your words can get you in a heap of trouble! If you are like me, a verbal processor, you can be hip deep is poo before you know what hit you, just by speaking before you consider your words.
Here Jesus it talking about the massive harm you can do to yourself, not to mention the wounds you inflict on others with your words.
In God’s economy (and let’s be honest, His is the only economy that really counts) words are the most valuable, and powerful commodity.
After all – He used words to create everything that exists. He used words to bless and to curse. And He sent His Word to save, deliver, and heal us. [Tweet This]
So how are your words? James asks this question:
Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? (James 3:11 NASB)
Is your mouth a polluted fountain?
We can do better! Think before you speak. (yes you, Ben) Let’s use our mouths to bless and not curse!
If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted. ~Amy Carmichael