In the second installment of “Shut Your Mouth” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Jesus as he talks of careless words in Matthew chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including instead of being critical be encouraging.

Criticism or Encouragement?

Shut Your Mouth, Part 02

Matthew 12:34-37 – 34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, & the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, & by your words you will be condemned.”

The Critically Religious

 Judgmental.

James 3:9-10 – With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.

 Sarcastic.

Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

 Discouraging.

Deuteronomy 1:21 – See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 1:26-28 – But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, “The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, ‘The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky…

The Encouraging Believer
Proverbs 12:25 – An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word

cheers him up.

Colossians 2:1-2 – I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ

Parakaleo [par-ak-al-eh’-o] – encouraged, to call to one’s side, to call in such a way as to produce an affect such as strength or comfort.

 Encourage others to trust God’s outcome.
Joshua 1:6 – “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these

people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.

 Encourage others to trust God’s commands.

Joshua 1:7 – Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

 Encourage others to trust God’s Presence.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”