• cross image
  • Say What

    Like a Boomerang

    Jesus teaches that we will be judged according to our own words. If we speak condemnation, we will be condemned. If we speak encouragement, we will be encouraged.

    “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
    (Matthew 7:2)

    The Great Evangelical Mistake

    "Wait a minute -- I thought salvation was by faith alone?"

    We often extol the gate of salvation — the cross — which is good. But we often neglect the narrow road of discipleship that follows.

    Jesus is clear: our words will be examined at the judgment. If not for His mercy and forgiveness, no one could stand. Because of His grace, we can become "new trees" with "new fruit"

    Three Kinds of Tree; Three Kinds of Fruit

    The dark tree bears rotten fruit

    Spewing venom is never appropriate for a regenerate heart.

    The barren tree bears no fruit
    Biting our tongues to stifle wicked words is not an adequate goal either.

    The revived tree bears delicious fruit
    Like a fountain, a renewed heart will flow forth in praise to God and encouragement for others.

    Disclaimer: Good Words Are Not Always Soft

    Sometimes good medicine tastes awful!

    “Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed.”
    (Proverbs 27:5)

    “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
    (2 Timothy 4:12)

    Make the Tree Good

    Are your words venom?
    Perhaps your heart needs revival, and forgiveness needs to make a home in your heart.

    Are your words neutral?
    Perhaps you only need to prime the pump to let encouragement flow.

    Are your words a fountain of blessing?
    Praise God for the work he has done in you! Moreover: praise God for the work He is doing through you!

    Our words hold the power of death and life. What we say can turn cold hearts of stone into beating hearts of flesh.

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    A Tree Known By Its Fruit

    33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    Blog Category: 

    Share this post

    Leave a comment

    Plain text

    • No HTML tags allowed.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

    About Us

    This blog is written by leaders of SVCC. The people who write here are not perfect or "holier than thou."  They just strive to seek after God with all their hearts.

    We hope that God will speak to you as you read the words He's placed here through the hearts and minds of people who follow after Him.

    Knowing God Lies living right Sacrifice Fornication Forgiveness Violence God is in control Advent Patient Richonomics Bushel Seventy Sevens God's Timing Ezekiel Retaliation Approval Word of God Kindness exposure Angels Son of Man Danger Love Doubt Men Heart Armor Desire Disciple Fails Backbiting Politics Sheperds Bread Morality Mary Magdalene Great Commission Lent Truth Scripture Memory Mission Work Blessings Daniel Lunatic Racism End Times wisdom Wise Men Love Never Fails Greed Ancestry Speaking Acceptance Emptiness tempest Social Justice Topheth Judgment Apocalypse victor Christmas Messages Busy Proverbs Betrayal Judas Christmas Dragon Ash Wednesday Unclean Evangelism Gossip Easter Patience Goodness Alabaster Jar letting go Security Witness Gehenna Judgement Assumptions Worry judging others Free Samples Narrow Way Giving Exhausted Regeneration Palm Sunday Tired Dragon Vision wholehearted Satan Salvation Purity Fruit of the Spirit Neutrality Daily Bible Reading Daily Bible Readings Depression Pooronomics Lost Cause Provision Stubborn Revelation Poser Sexism Law Lust Obedience Be Prepared aim Healing Joy Women's Ministry Blog Outcast Spiritual Support Prophecy Jairus Herod Christology Hypocrisy Persecution Apologetics relationship with God Gender Spiritual Warfare Gentiles Restoration Walk on Water Temptation Treasure Taste and See True Riches Injustice Inconvenience Rest Anxiety trajectory demons Wonders Desperado Reward Understanding Childlike Education Matthew Bible Study Traffic Family Jim Eliot Purpose The Dukes of Hazzard Hell Humility Eye Discipleship Family Tree Self Worth Happiness Dependence trouble Authority Clothing Conflict Spirit Walkers Materialism denial Miracles Holy Spirit Light Guests Parables Poverty God's Word Breath Prayer Envy Weary Serving Simple Complexity Honesty Storms Watch unforgivable sin Mary Basket Gifts Apology Gentleness May Christ Angel Family of God Hebrew Names of God Damascus Road Faith or Fear Sin Signs Compassion Friendship Action Son of God Tithes Shame God the Father joyous thoughts Second Coming Repentance Mercy Holy Love Perseverance Questions Trek & Journey Physical Need Cost of Discipleship Applause Parenting through Christ Baptism Worship Messiah Part 1 Not a Fan Lord Expectations Rest in the Lord Fasting OK Holy Week Christmas Eve Original Sin Spiritual Need Murder victim Antichrist Pornography Holiness Trek and Journey Spiritual Blindness tribulation stress Cross Liar Faith Fire unpardonable sin Adultery Santa Money Nobles Presence of God Naughty Newbigen Genealogy Interpretation Moving Mountains Disappointment Father's Business Theophany Confession Free Will John the Baptist Soil Sanctification Nice outsiders Wealth Trials Empty Tomb control Serving God Prayer Ready Fruit fo the Spirit Service Savior without Lord Foundation Habits Grace Lamp fear Evangelicalism Predestination