For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37
I was stopped at a traffic light yesterday afternoon when I looked in the rearview mirror. The woman driving the car behind me had a cell phone to her ear, and looked like she was in a very heated argument. Her face was so animated, her words so forceful, that I felt I could almost hear her through the glass. As I watched her mouth what looked like a string of curses, I remembered the words of Jesus.
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36
It’s a sobering thought, but if we’re not covered by the blood of Christ, God will call us to account for every thoughtless word we’ve ever spoken. Can you imagine every mean, heartless thing you’ve ever said written in a book somewhere? That’s definitely one you want to keep off the bestseller list.
If you’ve ever called an 800 number to get customer service, you’ve doubtless heard a pre-recorded voice tell you that your call will be recorded. It’s actually against the law to record someone’s phone conversation without his or her knowledge. Likewise, Jesus has told us in advance that everything we say will be written in the record books of heaven. We will either be justified or condemned by the words we speak.
Did you ever sing that childhood song that said, “Be careful little mouth what you speak”? I guess it rings truer than we realized.