I did a small post on Facebook this morning and decided to take it down and make a small post on here instead. I wrote to post as an encouragement to my fellow brothers and sisters in Messiah – A teaching/application/summation type post so I will stay with that theme here as well.
Matthew 12:36-37 (CJB)
36 Moreover, I tell you this:
on the Day of Judgment
people will have to give account for every careless word
they have spoken;
37 for by your own words you will be acquitted,
and by your own words
you will be condemned.”
In Luke 15:10 is says:
The angels have joy over a single person turning from their sins towards God
to return, to turn back
Shûv is where we get the word תְּשׁוּבָה teshûvāh (return, answer). Teshuvah in Judaism has another name: Repentance (turning to God from your sin – returning to Him)
So the question is, what do you think the angels in Heaven do when our careless words cause a single person to turn away from God towards sin
5050. מְשֻׁבָה meshuvāh
There is no ignoring our responsibility – there is no ignoring the consequences of our words – both good words and bad words.
What we say matters – our words matter – we will be judged by them. Personally, I am learning to say less and NOT share deeper understandings of the word unless people actually ask or are receptive to those understandings (body language and questions give you quick feedback to whether or not people are receptive).
This is probably one of the reasons for writing. To share truth with those that want truth.
I am learning to say less because those that make God in the image they want him to be, or those going to God on their own terms instead of his terms, or those that are a certain way because of their truths / theological suppositions/ doctrines / dogmas – – – the list is so long here . . . . may not want nor care for the truth I have or am willing to share. – they may not want nor appreciate a deeper understanding.
What they DO want (whether they realize it or not and whether we realize it or not) is our prayers.
As you saw in the text above, every careless word will be judged.
Our words will either condemn us or acquit us.
So when you see a brother or sister in trouble and you want to share the truth/correction/”love” . . . . remember that if they are not receptive to your “truth,” that getting into an argument might well produce “careless words”
The Rabbi Sha’ul teaches us in a reiteration of the 2nd most important command where this all leads:
Galatians 5:14-15 (CJB)
14 For the whole of the Torah is summed up in this one sentence:
“Love your neighbor as yourself”;
15 but if you go on snapping at each other and
tearing each other to pieces,
or you will be destroyed by each other!
So instead of tearing each other to pieces with our words and maybe causing some to turn away in the process, remember that “love” is embodied by the following:
PRAYER is words that are responsible . . . .
Here is a small slogan to make this all stick:
If they don’t want to hear what you have to say – You have another option – pray!