Every Word is Important

In a previous post, I reminded us that money is the most unimportant thing in life. As a result, God expects us to handle it in a responsible manner. But there is something else we need to handle with care. Our words. Jesus teaches that He will judge our words in the future. In fact, He will test every word we speak. Now that is something to think about!

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matthew 12:36).

Do you choose your words daily with this in mind? Do you talk, text, chat, message, write or express words in any other way with eternity in view? If not, then you will regret many things at the judgment seat of Christ. God is serious about your words. (And other people are, too.) The words you speak will affect the degree of your regret and the nature of your reward in the future kingdom of God.

Here are some Bible principles that will enable you to be a wise steward of your words. They will prepare you for an encouraging appearance at the judgment seat of Christ.

  1. Avoid quick, impulsive comments. Think about your words before you speak them. Refrain from saying things that will hurt people, distort the truth and turn away people from God (Proverbs 29:11).
  2. Pay attention to the wrong things you say (or almost say). Then ask the Lord for wisdom to understand the root cause (Matt. 12:34-35). Why do you say these things, or feel like saying them? What wrong perspectives about God, life and other people are influencing you? Are any harmful experiences or poor choices from your past affecting your thoughts? Talk to God in prayer, repenting of wrong behavior and confessing wrong attitudes. He will forgive you and renew your mind (Rom. 12:2).
  3. Meditate on Scripture. Feed your mind with spiritual thoughts from God (Col. 3:16-17).
  4. Depend on the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance (Ephesians 5:18-19). He will come alongside of you, providing the strength and wisdom you need to speak good things.

Learn to think these biblical thoughts, and speak and live this way. You will prepare yourself better for the judgment seat of Christ and your role in His future kingdom. You will refresh many people along the way, as you bear good fruit from a heart filled with the goodness of God (Matt. 12:35). Whatever you do, remember that every word you speak will have eternal ramifications.


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