Weighty Words

If “idle” words will be found empty and worthless on the Last Day, what sort of words will receive approval? - “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No,’ ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37). Honest words of conviction and commitment, followed by consistent behavior, will be accepted by the one who Himself was the “Amen,” the true and faithful Word of God. - “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven…” (6:9). “Vain repetitions” carry no weight in prayer. “Many words” uttered without true faith and heartfelt confidence will not be heard by God (6:7). But prayers based upon the teaching of Christ and His apostles will certainly have effect. - “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (7:21). Only those professions of allegiance to Jesus that are backed up by performing the will of God, as revealed by the words of Jesus (7:24), will bring entrance into the eternal kingdom. - “Whoever confesses Me before men , him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. (10:32). A simple, sincere expression of faith in Jesus Christ will be met with Christ’s corresponding affirmation of the speaker to God the Father and Judge. - “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (28:19-20). Words that proclaim the Gospel of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, and that instruct believers to keep all of the commands of Christ, will also find favor on the day of judgment. May our words be “weighty” and “worthy”!