"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned," (Matt. 12:36).
Have you ever had the wisdom to know when to keep quiet? Ever been accused of talking too much? How many of us have been reprimanded in school, with a letter sent home to our parents for being ‘talkative’? Or my personal favorite is the thought or out loud admission of ‘putting my foot in my mouth’.
Throughout the course of a day we send texts, emails, communicate by phone, and of course in person. I have heard it said that the most common word used in conversation is the word ‘I’. We speak highly of ourselves, and to our shame, we have slandered another’s reputation with our choice of speech. We literally speak thousands of idle words each day.
In my lifetime, I have spoken many words. Some have blessed the listener, and many have caused harm to someone present, or to some one who wasn’t there to defend themselves. Some have been released in the spirit of pride-making myself out to be something important…independent of my God. It’s as if I’m saying that I can say whatever I want without there being any consequences or a day of reckoning for my words.
How about yourself? How many words have you spoken today to encourage the listener? What have you said today that allowed another to see that you are ‘thankful’ for what God has given you? Have you used your tongue today to bless, or to curse? I believe it is wise to begin taking a hard look at what exactly we allow to come out of our mouths. Or, to dig a little deeper, to ask God to examine our hearts since it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.
The Bible has plenty to say about our choice of words and is specific on the types of things we should-and should not say. I do not profess to know everything that it says about this topic. My purpose is to open a discussion surrounding today’s issue to get someone else’s thoughts on the ‘words we speak’. For, since we have to give an account of even our words, why aren’t we speaking of the goodness of Jesus?