MATTHEW 12:36-37: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
OBSERVATION: Are “words” important? Words are the difference between life and death, between eternity and hell. How can this be? It is because our words reveal the true condition of our heart. This is why Jesus said – “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…”
Some might say that words don’t really reveal the true nature of a man’s heart. It is true that one can hide behind false words of religion. In fact, the Lord in speaking of Israel said, “…this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.” (Isaiah 29:13 ESV). Yet, when one is under duress or their patience is tried the true condition of their heart is revealed by the words that they say. This was true with the Scribes and Pharisees in Jesus’ day, and it is true in our lives as well.
We have all failed in the area of saying the “wrong” thing. If we were simply judged by a “slip of the tongue” we would all be doomed. James reminds us that the tongue is our most unruly member. Yet, a “slip of the tongue” cannot negate the true confession of a lifetime of faith. In the overall course of our life the words we speak will reveal the true condition of our heart and the faith we hold.
Paul said in Romans – “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:8-10 ESV). Faith is not silent – FAITH SPEAKS! The mouth ultimately reveals what is truly believed in the heart.
Lord, as David prayed, put a guard over my lips and guard me from presumptuous sins. Let the words of my mouth match the meditations of my heart, and may both of them be acceptable in Your sight. May my words be Your Words and may they give both life and encouragement to those who hear them. In Jesus Name!