Chapter-a-Day Matthew 12

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“Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.” Matthew 12:36-37 (MSG)

As I’ve said many times before, God is an artist and therefore He is a God of metaphor (something which represents something else without using “like” or “as”). Because we are created in His image, we are creatures of metaphor without ever thinking about it.

Take words, for example. A word is a metaphor. The word “cat” isn’t really a furry animal that purrs, but when we say the word “cat” it represents the furry animal that purrs in our language. When we use words in our conversation or in our writing, we are using metaphors. In a very basic way, we are being artistic, creating word pictures.

Jesus said that words are powerful, and they are. The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is a bunch of b.s. Most of us can still remember, vividly, a hurtful things someone said to us many years ago.

When you speak, you are painting a picture that reveals your own soul. What do others see when you speak? Anger? Criticism? Prejudice? Hatred? Fear? Anxiety? Kindness? Hope? Faith? Love?

Today, I’m going to listen to myself. I’m going to examine my words and look at the picture they paint of who I am.

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