Words Of Good Or Of Evil Treasure

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Matthew 12:34–37

34 … For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

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

In this passage Jesus taught us that our words matter. For the person whose heart has been made righteous by the grace of God, their words are going to reflect the transformation of the goodness of God in their heart. I have met people in this country and in other countries who immediately connected with me through the kindness of their words. A person with good treasure in their hearts sets us at ease, relieves our burdens, and leaves us thankful for intersecting with them. We all know people like this and we look forward to seeing them. The good treasure of their hearts spills out and we are enriched by our time with them.

On the other hand are those whose hearts are filled with evil treasure. The selfishness and evil rebellion of their hearts spews out and verbally vomits all over those they come in contact with. And while we may feel sorry for these negative people at some level, we have no desire to be around them. They may begin with something kind but before every conversation ends we have the filth of their evil heart all over us.

In his teaching, Jesus makes a really strong statement when he says that “every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” This tells us that God takes our words seriously and so should we. For if even the idle words are remembered then serious words will have greater weight. “For by our words we are justified and by our words we are condemned.” Caleb used to tell me that he did not mean what he said the way I took it. I would then tell him that the only way we have to communicate is through words so if that is not how he meant it then maybe he should have used different words.

This is a great lesson for us to consider today. As we spend time with the Lord we are enriching the good treasure in our hearts. The greater the good treasure within the better are the words that come out.


We began VBS last night with 47 children. It was a great night and we are thankful to the Lord for the children who heard the gospel. Our thanks to the great workers of our church who have stepped up to serve the Lord this week. It is going to be a busy week and we are all going to need the prayers of one another to do our regular work plus VBS each evening. Join us in prayer for a great opportunity to point children to the Savior.

Have a great day in the Lord,


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