2022-12-15 “May We Guard Our Heart, Words and Deeds Carefully”(Matthew 12:33-37)

May We Guard Our Heart, Words and Deeds Carefully 願我們小心地守護自己的心思、言語和行為“(Matthew 馬太福音 12:33-37)

… how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. … an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

… 你們既然是邪惡的,怎能說出良善的話?因為心中所充滿的,口裡就說出來。… 邪惡的人從他邪惡的心發出邪惡。我告訴你們,人所說的閒話,在審判的日子,句句都要供出來,因為你要照你的話被稱為義,或定為有罪。

Lord Jesus essentially called the religious leaders ‘sons of Satan,’ a generation associated with the serpent, not with God. It was this evil nature that made them speak evil of Him. The bad fruit of their words (when they condemned Him) betrayed the bad root growing in their hearts. The importance of confessing with mouth the Lord Jesus and believing in heart His resurrection is plain to one’s salvation. An empty/idle word is ‘a word that does nothing, that neither ministers grace nor instruction to them who hear it.’ Because words reflect the heart, one can be rightly judged by one’s own words. Idle and wasted words are to be accounted for; what then of evil and wicked?


Prayer: Both Righteous and Loving God, if we had been neglecting who you are and what you did/do/are going to do, we would never take seriously the importance of our confession and proclamation of faith in Christ but be easily dragged by the world to become boasters, gossip mongers, slanderers, or even blasphemers. Forgive us if we had fallen and deliver us from those snares. Amen.

禱告: 既公義又慈愛的神啊,如果我們已一直在忽略你是誰,並你在過去/現在/未來所作的,我們會從來對自己在基督裡信心的認信和信仰的宣揚,沒有認真地正視,卻容易地受世界拖拉,成為自誇的、說長道短的、誹謗的、甚至褻瀆神的。如果我們跌倒了,求你寛恕我們,並救我們脫離那些羅網。阿們。

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