by Marvin D. Patterson

The Importance of our Vocabulary!
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 12:33-37

The world's smartest man?
A pilot, Michael Jordon, Bill Gates, the Pope, and a pizza deliveryman were all in a plane together traveling through stormy conditions.

Suddenly, the pilot came running back to the passengers and announced that lightning had hit the plane, and they were going to crash in a matter of minutes. "There are only enough parachutes for four of the five of us," he announced. "Since I'm the pilot, I get one!" After saying this, the pilot grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.

"I'm the world's greatest athlete," proclaimed Michael Jordon. "This world needs great athletes, so I must live." Michael Jordon then grabbed a parachute and leaped out of the plane.

"I'm the smartest man in the world," bragged Bill Gates. "The world needs smart men, so I must also live!" Bill Gates grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.

At this point, the Pope began to speak. "I have lived a long life compared to you, and you may take the last parachute. I will go down with the plane."

"You don't have to stay here! The world's smartest man jumped out of the plane with my backpack."
We have been going through Matthew's Gospel on Sunday Mornings, and this morning we come to a passage where Jesus teaches about our words. We know that there is tremendous power in language! We can make a person's day with a kind word, or we can destroy a person's day with a mean word! The choice is ours to make. In Prov. 18:21 we are told, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." One word can seal a person's destiny - "Guilty." Has the judge ever said that to you? Put yourself in the shoes of the one who is on trial for first-degree murder. That one word will determine their fate.
I heard about a little boy who came home one day. He
had two black eyes and a bloody nose. His mother
asked, "What in the world happened to you?" He said,
"Wrong word to wrong boy."

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