We now come tothe second 'disease' of the mouth: idle or careless words.
In Matthew12:36, Jesus says this:
“But I tell you that menwill have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word theyhave spoken.” (NIV)
One day we aregoing to have to answer for every word we have spoken. We are going to have toanswer for words that were idle, insincere, that we did not really mean, thatwe were not prepared to stand behind, or that were not worked out in ourlives.
In the Sermonon the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:37, Jesus states:
“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (NIV)
That is anastonishing statement. If we say more than we mean, then the exaggeration (unnecessary emphasis or overdoing) in our speech comes from the evil one.
Let me sum itup in just one simple word of advice. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. Ifyou will follow that one rule, I promise you, it will change your whole life.You will be a different person. If you would keep that rule for one year, Ipromise you that a year from now you will be a different person and a muchbetter person.
DearLord, I thank You for Your precious Blood, forgiving and cleansing all sin,even the sin of idle or careless speech. Thank You, Lord, that when I ask forforgiveness and repent, my wrong words are washed away and forgotten by You.And how I need that Lord! I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditationsof my heart would be acceptable to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.