Blessed… From Good Treasure

“Either consider the tree good and its fruit good, or consider the tree rotten and its fruit rotten. A tree is known by its fruit. Children of snakes! How can you speak good things while you are evil? What fills the heart comes out of the mouth. Good people bring out good things from their good treasure. But evil people bring out evil things from their evil treasure. I tell you that people will have to answer on Judgment Day for every useless word they speak. By your words you will be either judged innocent or condemned as guilty” (Matthew 12:33-37, Common English Bible).

“Good people bring out good things from their good treasure.” I love that sentence. I’m not so crazy about the next two. “But evil people bring out evil things from their evil treasure. I tell you that people will have to answer on Judgment Day for every useless word they speak.”

I find that last sentence at least a little bit frightening. I know that, without question, I have hurt people in my life by some of the things that I say. Sometimes, in employee-supervisor relationships it is necessary. The truth must be spoken, even if that truth is painful to hear.

At other times I have hurt people because I wasn’t very mindful of what I was saying. A statement is made without thinking. All too often, pain is the result. A rift becomes present in the relationship. Apologies become necessary. Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, the relationship never returns to where it had been before. It all happens because of a careless attitude toward someone else.

Then there are the other times. These are the times when I just don’t care. I make hurtful statements. I know they are hurtful and yet I say them anyway. There must be malice in my heart for the way I am treating another human being. I am not acting like a child of God and I certainly am not treating the other person as if they are a child of God.

And if all these times aren’t scary enough, Jesus says, “…people will have to answer on Judgment Day for every useless word they speak.” I will have to answer for every useless word I speak. In the course of a day how many things do I say that really don’t matter? How many things do I say that do not build people up and instead hurt and tear them down?

And, according to our lesson, I will be held accountable for all those things. Why would that be? Well, at the most basic of levels, when we are hurtful and speaking useless words, we are being less than loving toward neighbor and if we are less than loving toward a neighbor we can see, we also are acting less than loving toward a God we cannot see. And, for both there has to be accountability.

That is the bad news. The good news actually comes from our lesson yesterday. Verse 31 reads, “Therefore, I tell you that people will be forgiven for every sin and insult to God.” I need to seek forgiveness from the neighbor I have hurt and from the God who I fail when I fail to act and speak with love.

What are you doing to get rid of the useless words from your life?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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