Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father
Your Morning Song: "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" by Chris Rice
Your Morning Scripture: Matthew 12:36-37
"I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Here in the book of Matthew Jesus is responding to the religious leaders of Israel, who have accused Him of doing His miracles by Satan's power, and not God's. By sending Jesus to the cross, sparing guilty Barabbas, the nation of Israel officially rejects Jesus as their true Messianic King.
But the rejection of Jesus begins here. Before this moment the relationship between Jesus and these leaders had not been truly and finally broken. By their careless, love-less, truth-less words, they accused the very Son of God, God in the flesh, the Messiah, of serving Satan.
And so Jesus responds to these leaders with a warning, generally true for all, and specifically true for them. They thought that with their words they could discredit and destroy Jesus. But their words held no power in that way. Instead God would judge them for the words they said, and the godly character their words revealed. Or lack thereof.
What do our words reveal about us?
How will our words be judged?
Will they be careless? Accusing?
Or obedient? Holy?
Do our words please our Savior?