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“You are my friends if you obey my commands.”  [John 14:15]

JUSTIFICATION

“For each of you by his words shall be justified,
or by his words shall be condemned.”
[Matthew 12:37 Weymouth]

Our Master taught that on the Day of Judgment his followers would be justified or condemned based on their words. That is, we are all responsible for our speech. [James 1:26, 27; 3:1-3] Just so, then, the hurtful gossip or vindictive slanderer or false witness will come face to face with what the Lord described at Revelation 1:14-16; 2:12, 16, 18. Our Master’s words serve as a commentary on Ecclesiastes 5:1-7.

That "sweet Jesus" is all-forgiving is a mistaken notion fostered in the Christian Church by those clerics who teach what the flock wants to hear. [2 Timothy 4:3, 4] We need to "fear Christ" and when faced with decisions turn to his words in the Gospels. [Ephesians 5:21; 6:5; Philippians 2:12] The words of the Master above should cause us to ‘count to ten’ before we speak ill of others.

Abba bless you.

— Mark Heber Miller.