Matthew 12:33-37

August 30th, 2020

Intro – The words you speak, what you say, are very important. We have all heard the nursery rhyme, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”.  Well, words do hurt! And words indicate what is in your heart.  Love, hate and bitterness are all revealed through the words you speak. (33) Lk.6:45

I. Words are powerful.

A. Especially the word of God.

1. God created through the spoken word. Gen.1:3

2. Jesus is the Word of God in human form. Jn.1:1, Jn.1:14

3. Jesus performed miracles by just speaking.  Mt.12:13, Mk.4:39, Mk.10:52

B. Jesus defeated Satan by the Word of God. Mt.4:3-10, Eph.6:17, Rev.19:15, 21

II. Your words can hurt and damage people’s lives.

A. An evil heart speaks evil. Prov.23:7, Mt.15:18, James 1:26

B. Words reveal what’s in your heart. James 3:5-10, Eph.4:29

III. Your words can encourage other lives.

A. We must speak the truth. Eph.4:15, Titus 2:15

B. But in a way that helps and shows love. Eph.4:29, Jn.8:11, Heb.10:23-24

C. The words of Jesus encourage us. Jn.3:16, 1Jn.1:9 

Con. If the most powerful “Word” dwells in your heart it will show in how you speak and how you treat others.

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