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WAYS TO AVOID FIGHTING

October 20, 2015

Tuesday

 

Matthew 12:36-37

 

But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus did not want His critics to gain any satisfaction from what He had just said. Their externally righteous appearance did not excuse them from speaking as they did. Rather, people’s “words” are what God will use to judge them eventually. The “careless” word is the word spoken without deliberation. One might think it insignificant, except that it reveals character. “Every word” spoken reflects the heart’s overflow, and God knows about it. Therefore words are very important. Jesus’ critics thought they were assessing Him when they said He did His works by Satan’s power. Jesus pointed out that they were really assessing themselves. They thought they were judging Him with their words, but really God would judge them with their words.

 

A distressful circumstance can be handled with grace and wisdom, or mishandled by engaging in intemperate or extreme behavior. And how we handle a major crises often depends on how we have handled the little ones. The Lord expects us to build strong characters, and permitting “careless words” or “little faults” to rule our days does not do it.

 

Memory Verse: Psalms 127:1

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