Pastor's Devotion for a week beginning December 7, 2016

Matthew 12: 37“For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Jesus is speaking to religious people.

He calls them “brood of vipers.”

John the baptizer used those words.

Can mean “sons of snakes.”

Not nice.

They had accused Jesus of being the devil.

Not nice.

But I find his analysis fascinating.

Words matter.

Believe me, I know!

Sometimes (most times?) they get me in trouble.

My brother said about my mother, “She says what everyone else is thinking.”

I received some of that characteristic.

I think there is some good news in this, however.

Words hurt people in this life.

But I believe they are forgotten in the next life.

Doesn’t mean we should go ahead and say anything.

But when we do, we should realize that we can be forgiven.

Certainly, by Jesus.

Hopefully by others.

The words that condemn us are words that do not reflect good news.

These words really hurt.

Sometimes people are too sensitive, sure.

But words that do not reflect good news hurt.

Words that acquit are words that reflect good news.

Jesus loves you.

Welcome to worship.

Thank you for helping.

Merry Christmas.

Jesus didn’t always keep his cool.

But he always wanted people to understand God’s love.

So do we.

Lord, help our words reflect your grace.  Amen

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