What’s In Your Silo?
Read Matthew Chapter 12
Mt 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 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.”
Today’s devotional will have two points. Two for the price of one.
What kinds of things are we storing up in ourselves? Jesus said that whatever is within us is what will come out. Our speech, our conduct, the way we relate to others, will correctly reflect what and who we really are. If we are storing up evil, we will act out on it at some point in time. If we are storing up good within us, then our speech and actions will show up audibly and visually.
What are we storing up inside our minds and hearts? Are we filling it full of God’s word? Prayers? Or are we filling it with pornographic images, movies and TV shows with foul language, or lustful thoughts about others? Our minds cannot be inactive. Our minds are busy at work all of our waking hours. It will go wherever we wish to take it. It will be filled with whatever images and words we decide to input. Our job is to control what we see and hear each day, in every way possible. We will not be able to govern everything we see and hear, but for the greater part of the day, we can.
It is odd to see that Jesus uttered the words in verse 37. How can our words either acquit us or condemn us? The answer is really simple. Our words will show the world who we are. I am especially concerned over the growing use of four letter words. There was a time when that kind of language was heard only from the unbeliever. Nowadays, it is not unusual to hear them coming from a professed believer. Why is that important? Why should it concern us? Cursing is an indication that something in the heart is not right. It may be a temporary state of being that brings that person to a moment of repentance, or it could be a reflection of who that person is deep inside.
Cursing is an indication that there is anger, disgust, dissatisfaction, hatred, ego, or some other sinful attitude inside that heart. I understand that we all deal with these emotions and attitudes at times. But our hearts should not be so filled with them that they pop out of our mouths at every turn. When we experience these mental attributes, we are to deal with them through our relationship with God. We should not let them fester and build until they are revealed in our speech.
Another way our speech condemns us is in how we treat others. Do we give them the same respect that we want others to give us? Or do we blurt out hurtful words toward them. What do we say to others when we face difficult situations?
Pr 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Pr 12:6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.
Pr 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
Tit 2:7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Mt 15:17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’
Prayer: Lord, show us today and every day what we must do to fill our minds and hearts with things that honor and please You. Do not let us store up evil images and thoughts. May all we say and do be pleasing in Your sight.