Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17:28 KJV

Have you learned this truth? I am still learning it. Often I say things that are rude, mean, selfish and just make a fool of myself. I have hurt my wife and children so much by the words I have said.

So how can we help what we say? Jesus said

Matthew 12:34 CSB — “Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

In this scripture, Jesus was rebuking the religious leaders of the time. They were called the Pharisee’s. But this principle still applies today.

Vipers are craft and wise (in a sense). Our sinful, regular, human nature is also crafty and wise to some extent too. This is who we are in our own craftiness and wisdom. Jesus was calling the Pharisees you “people who think you’re so wise” and Jesus also continues to speak the same today.

You people who think yourself to be so smart.

Jesus asks a logical question now. “How can you speak good things when you are evil?”

Do i understand the magnitude of this question? It’s like God asking me, “How can you speak good things when you are evil?”

How can I answer that? I have already confessed to speaking evil. I am by nature an evil person. Even if i say to my neighbor, “Good Morning” is not good enough. It’s a kind act to my neighbor but God knows my motives and intents. In God’s sight is really where the good words and good deeds count. I may be good to my neighbor but what about being good to God?

The statement that Jesus makes to all of us is that we are evil. Every single one of us. How do we be good? How do we be good to God?

What does God require me to do?

Do you know the answer to this?

Do you know the thief on the cross asked Jesus to “remember me when you go into Your Kingdom”?

That’s all you got to do. Believe, as the thief on the cross did and ask Jesus to have mercy on you. The rest will come later because Jesus told the thief on the cross ” Today, you will be with me in paradise”

Luke 23:42-43 CSB — Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”