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!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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