Monday, December 7, 2015

Matthew 12:35-36 -- On Thoughts and Speech and Change

"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."
Matthew 12:35-36

This is a good reminder that every thing that we say and do is turning us into who we will be... good or evil.  We say things that are in our hearts, and we tend to believe the things that we say.  It is a big circle... who we are leads us to do what we do, which leads us to who we become, rinse and repeat. :)  It's an easy cycle to get lost in... just justifying ourselves because that is the way we are... but we *can* change, and God gives us some hints about how here.  If we want to intervene in the cycle and become better, we can focus on what we say.  Thinking about what we are saying and why can help us to revise our words and change our hearts as we realize when we are thinking unkind thoughts, and about to say unkind things.  God can also help us with persistent habits that we are having trouble changing ourselves, if we are sincere in asking and we really want to change.
Today, let's think about our thoughts and our actions, and whether we are who we want to be.  Are we kind people?  Are we compassionate?  Are we good or evil?  And if we aren't satisfied with the answers, let's work to change, with God's help, and repent, so that we don't have to have those things on our consciences in the day of judgment.

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