Guard Against Lazy, Useless, And Careless Words

“I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.”  Matthew 12:36

Greetings fellow sojourners!  Have you ever consider the words you speak could at times be lazy, useless, or careless?  If we are not thinking about the weight our words carry we might want to start examining them.

God is omnipotent, therefore, His words are omnipotent.  Since life and death are held in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), we chose to either speak life to ourselves and into our circumstances or to speak death.  When Jesus says we will account for every careless word we speak He is intending that we do not agree with the enemy and speak death but to agree with Him by speaking life.  We are to live intentionally by telling ourselves what to think, believe, and speak. We choose rebellion when we speak in disagreement with His word.

With our vast resources, educational backgrounds, and plenty of discretionary time, we absolutely have no excuse for not being able to locate Scripture that addresses our wayward human condition in order to provide the remedy.  When we allow all manner of words to carelessly tumble from our mouth we must be wise enough to know we will be required to answer for our useless comments.  The Bible possesses living and active words (Hebrews 4:12) which are omnipotent to assist in our trials.  To choose words contradictory to His is foolishness.  Lord, give us Your wisdom so that we comprehend the incredible value of agreeing with and speaking Your truth.

If we are quick to judge the motives of people we will also be quick to criticize.  If we have distracted minds or have allowed our heart to cool, our language can become flippant and critical.  Self-control plays an enormous role in how we choose the words we use in our interactions with others.  Whether online or face-to-face we must not be careless when we speak.  Let’s take the advice furnished in Proverbs 10:19,17:27 and let our words be few.

God’s word accomplishes what He intends for it to do (Isaiah 55:11).  We speak God’s word faithfully and know that His word is like fire and like a hammer that pulverizes rock (Jeremiah 23:28-29).   The Word of God is Spirit and life, living and effective (John 6:63, Hebrews 4:12), and set us free (John 8:31-32).  The Word of God in our heart is also a powerful antidote to sin (Psalm 199:11).

Help us, Lord, to build up not tear down, to speak life and not death, and to love and not hate.  I desire to use my mouth to display Your goodness and guard it against being used as an instrument for the enemy.  I repent of careless words I have spoken and I receive Your complete forgiveness.  Assist me in being conscious not only of words I say to others but also of every word I utter, even to myself.  In Jesus name, I pray, amen.

In His grace,

Amanda

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