“I promise you on the day of judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken.” (Matthew 12:36 CEV)
Did you know that the most dangerous and most misused part of the human body is the mouth? In the scripture above, Jesus is teaching His disciples about the importance of bringing good things out of their heart through their words. He also talks about the dangers of speaking evil or careless words. He goes on to say “…On that day they will be told they are either innocent or guilty because of the things they have said.” (Matthew 12:37 CEV).
Some people think it’s ok to just talk however they want to. The mouth they use to pray is the same mouth that produces some of the most horrible words ever. Having been in that place at one point in my life, I always ask myself why I thought it was ok to speak that way. Then I learned what Jesus had said, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures…” (Matthew 22:29 NIV). Although He was correcting a group of people about an entirely different matter, the truth is that any error we make stems from a lack of knowledge of God’s word.
The trouble with many Christians is that they destroy themselves with their mouths and don’t even know it. The word “mouth” comes from the Greek word “stoma” which literally means the front or edge of a sword. So when you speak negativity, you are hurting yourself with your own weapon.
Now some might read this and think, “Who are you to judge how I talk?“. Look into your Bible; it says the same thing. I’m just showing you what’s already there. Others may think “I’m just speaking from my heart. I can’t always be perfect Christian”. Well, that’s the problem. You have settled for less than excellent communication and it reveals the state of your heart. The condition of your heart matters. King Soloman said “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.”(Proverbs 4:23, 24 KJV). “Issues of life” in this scripture is talking about the outpouring of good things. Financial progress, health, peace, wisdom, joy, love, and so much more are all stored within your heart. This is why he said to guard your heart with ALL DILIGENCE. Some people just let all sorts of negativity come into their heart and they slowly but surely form their mindset and speech based on what it is that they’ve let in. What you watch and listen to matters. The company you keep matters. The books you read matter. Whatever you fill your spirit with will eventually come out of your mouth and become manifested in your life.
Take a moment to think about this and be honest with yourself; why do you say the words that you say? Are they necessary? Are they doing anything to yield a positive result in your life or the lives of others? If not, how do you plan to justify those words before God?
Ignorance is the bane of Christian growth. It will have you believing that it’s ok to have negative words come out of your mouth as long as you’re not actually doing anything wrong. After all, they’re just words, right? It’s not like you’re harming anyone. This is the wrong way to think. The truth is that now matter how “good” of a person you think you are, your words show the true condition of your spirit, “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34 KJV). What you think is ok in your own mind, may not be ok in the mind of God. He is the standard by which we should come to know right from wrong.
You are God’s child and He is raising you with His word. Therefore, think and talk like Him. You have His divine nature so it shouldn’t be a struggle to do so.