FOR WEDNESDAY TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 12:22-37
“I promise you that on the day of judgment, everyone will have to account for every careless word they have spoken. On that day they will be told that they are either innocent or guilty because of the things they have said. (Matthew 12:36-37; Contemporary English Version)
Why is God so particular about “every careless word” that we have spoken? Jon Quinn reminds us that “each day, with each decision and each action, we are molding [our] character.” Letting a thoughtless word or two slip out of our mouths most likely will not bring down the fires of judgment upon us. However, without keeping check on what we say, we may develop a habit of speaking before we think and find that the consequences that arise may be to our detriment in a number of ways.
Careless words spoken without thought give testimony to others regarding our true nature. Remember – God does not listen only to what we say during Sunday morning church services.
Prayer: With the psalmist of old, I pray “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Amen.