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Daily Play Call #23

36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.

37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.

Matthew 12:36-37 AMPC

our words will justify or condemn

As followers of Jesus, our words are very important. Jesus said that our words will either

JUSTIFY or CONDEMN us. On Judgement Day, we will give an account for every idle word we speak. What we say will either justify us to enter Heaven, or condemn us to Hell. In the parable of the ten minas, Jesus says that the nobleman, who has a kingdom, will judge the wicked slave by his own words.

  • 21 For I was [constantly] afraid of you, because you are a stern (hard, severe) man; you pick up what you did not lay down, and you reap what you did not sow. 22 He said to the servant, I will judge and condemn you out of your own mouth, you wicked slave! You knew [did you] that I was a stern (hard, severe) man, picking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? Luke 19:21-22 AMPC

The Apostle Paul, in both of his letters to Timothy tells the believers to stay away from vain babblings.

  • 20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1 Timothy 6:20 KJV

16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2 Timothy 2:16 KJV

The word vain babblings in the Greek is kenophōnia- (empty discussion, discussion of vain

and useless matters).

11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11 KJV

  • The word oracles in the Greek is logion- (the words or utterances of God).

The Apostle Peter says if ANY man speak let him speak the very words of God. This also includes women. We should desire to speak the Word of God.

  • 29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Ephesians 4:29 AMPC

9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God’s

likeness! 10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my

brethren, ought not to be so.

James 3:9-10 AMPC

2 To slander or abuse or speak evil of no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing (yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show unqualified courtesy toward everybody.

Titus 3:2 AMPC

When I played football in high school and college, I used to curse and talk trash. I knew using curse words was wrong, but I thought that God would be okay with it because we played football. In my own understanding, I believed that God was going to forgive me even though I knowingly did wrong. I was very foolish. I was foolish because I didn’t read the Bible. I lived according to my own assumptions about God instead of reading the Bible.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 1:26 KJV

James, the half-brother of Jesus, said if any man seems to be religious but cannot control his

mouth, he is deceived in his heart and his belief is in vain or worthless. This applies to women as well. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior my freshman year in high school. I used foul language until my senior year in college. My faith was worthless during that time because I did not control my mouth.

If we read the Bible more, our speech will change, and we will begin to speak the Word of

God. We must also train ourselves to “say less,” especially when we have nothing good to say.

God bless!

Watch Lesson 17 "words justify or condemn"


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