The good person brings out of his good treasure good things; and the evil person brings out of his evil treasure evil things. But I tell you that for every careless word that people speak, they will give an account of it on the day of judgment. For by your words, you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. – Matthew 12:35-37
In all my years as a preacher and public speaker, I have made some serious “boo-boo’s.” My guess is that the sheer volume of words that I have spoken would make this an inevitability, but have wondered how those with national recognition ever avoided it. Perhaps they didn’t and were only saved by the editing department! Oh, how many times have I wished that I had a three-second delay!
Truth is, all our words are “public” before God, even those whispered behind closed doors or cupped hands. Nothing escapes His omnipotent “ears.” Our Creator also has an infinite memory and every single careless word ever spoken is recorded for future reference and playback. There is no erase button. No backspace. No delete. they might as well have been etched in granite.
With this understanding, is it any wonder that the atonement available through the blood of Christ is so necessary? When we consider such a lofty, unyielding standard, how could any one of us stand in our own righteousness? I know that a person might claim to have never done anything “wrong,” but can anyone dare proclaim that they have never said a wrong word?
Watch what you say, and thank the Savior (again) for His grace by which we are saved.
Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. – Ambrose Bierce