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Matthew 12:33-45, Teachings of Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
— Matthew 12:34

NL Daily Devotion for Thursday, February 28, 2019

by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff

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Good words from an evil heart are no good.

If your heart is evil, your words will reflect this.

Pay attention to the words that come out of your own mouth.

Do they reflect your best, or might you be seen as evil?

At times we forget that no matter what we feel, if we don’t care for how we express ourselves, we can do harm with our words.

Speak with the love of God, fill your heart with love, and spread that love to others.


Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

A Tree and Its Fruit

 ‘Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. I tell you, on the day of judgement you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.’

The Sign of Jonah

 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.’ But he answered them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was for three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! The queen of the South will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

 ‘When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but it finds none. Then it says, “I will return to my house from which I came.” When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.’

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