But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

– Matthew 12:36-37 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

We are a people of words. We think in words. When we expand our vocabulary we expand our understanding. So it shouldn’t seem odd that part of God’s judgment will be the very words that we have used. Hitler used words to move a nation toward war; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used words to inspire a nation toward reconciliation. What we say is very important. Words are so important that the apostle John called Jesus the Word of God that became flesh. Therefore we need to value and weigh the words that we speak.

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