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“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” - Matthew 12:36, 37.


It is wrong to conclude that someone is suffering divine punishment or is a bad person simply because he is in difficulty or distress at that point in time. When our Lord Jesus Christ was nailed to the stake, the soldiers and the unbelieving Jews used the opportunity to mock him and say spiteful things about him. (Luke 23:34-37) Then one of the robbers who was hanged along with him started to deride Christ saying “If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” Instead of being sorry for his sin, he was mocking another person.  That is how some people point fingers at others whereas their own sins and burdens, at times self-inflicted, are weighing them down.

But rather than join his fellow robber to insult Jesus Christ, the other robber rebuked him. (Luke 23:39-41) Turning to Jesus Christ, he said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” For his humble, penitent spirit which he had shown,  Jesus said unto him, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”  It could be seen that while the robber stood condemned for speaking rude, careless and ignorant statements, the penitent thief will inherit eternal life, by virtue of the way he spoke to Christ.  Indeed, “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.” - Proverbs 15:4.

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