Thought for the Day – Sunday 20th September

Church is back in the building today if you wish to join in – but we’ll also be on Zoom as usual!

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Matthew 12 : 34 – 35

Some harsh words here that Jesus is aiming back at the Pharisees after they had made a terrible accusation about him being motivated by the devil after He had healed the blind and mute man (in verses 22-24). Jesus is justifiably having a go at the Pharisees here because he knows very well of the evil intent that flows from their hearts, compared with the goodness that flows from His heart.

These verses also help us to think about the words that we use knowing that they reveal the true condition of our heart. How do we react – for example – when we are under attack or under pressure? Do the words we use bring out the treasures of our heart or do we sometimes need the Holy Spirit to remind us that it is our attitudes and motives – not just our words – that need changed?

Prayer, taken from Psalm 19: May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer! Amen.

Action: Think of the words we use that may be harmful or hurtful to others.

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