I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36-37 (ESV)
John MacArthur has been doing a series on Grace To You radio called “Taming The Tongue”. Since I’ve been reading through James over and over this month, I was particularly interested in what Pastor John would have to say on this topic.
One point he emphasized is how critical it is to watch what we say at all times – to build others up with our words instead of tearing down. One of the reasons he gave was that we (unfortunately) have the ability to sin by saying anything at any time, as opposed to other forms of sin, which need circumstances to be in place (theft, for example) before the sin can be committed. Because we have that ability, it’s that much more important that we are in a position to harness what words we use, as James explains. Pastor John then gave a list of the unflattering ways the tongue is described in the Bible (Proverbs for example) and added this humorous, but sobering declaration – “No wonder God put your tongue in a cage, behind your teeth, walled in by your mouth !”
Heavenly Father, please help me to choose my words carefully, and be “quick to hear, and slow to speak” (Jas 1:19).