Matthew 15:8 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. . . “
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt.” This is something I often heard as a young girl. I’ve learned better over the years. Words are powerful. Words carry a lot of weight. Sticks and stones may cause broken bones however, they can be repaired with medical attention. On the other hand, harsh words can break a spirit which is difficult to repair. In the same way, words that are spoken in pretense and conceit can wound deeply. In addressing the Pharisees and teachers of the law in Matthew 15:8 Jesus said “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Jesus referred to them as hypocrites. A hypocrite is someone “who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.” Their verbal message does not reflect their real identity. Their words are misleading and are a misrepresentation of who they claim to be. As Christians, we are to speak truth and words of encouragement. We are to be careful what and how we speak as we represent Christ and the gospel. Proverbs 10:11 says “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life:. . .” Our behavior and words are to be a sincere reflection of our heart’s desire. Speak truth!