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"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 v 36

There are a number of things in this verse.

Firstly, it is the Lord Jesus Christ that is speaking, so these words are authoritative and should claim our undivided attention because they are very important and have consequences for us.

Secondly, He is speaking to religious people, the Pharisees, but it would appear that there were others present and listening to what He said. So His words are relevant to us today.

Thirdly, Jesus speaks of "idle words that men shall speak"; idle or careless words, words, with little thought or meaning, often spoken but quickly forgotten. The word "men" does not limit those who speak these idle words, it is put for all people, including you and I, we are not only capable of such words but I would suggest that they often pass our lips.

Fourthly, It is Jesus who tells them and us that there is a day of judgement and that they and ourselves shall give account of these careless words, spoken with little thought or meaning.

The words we speak are important because they show our character and our disposition. If we are to give account of light, frothy words, how much more are we to give an account of words spoken with intent, words which are hurtful, disparaging to God and man, words that are half truths, exaggerations or downright lies. Gossip, unedifying words, words which dishonour our God and Saviour, all these we shall give an account of.
Our words do not fall forgotten on the ground, God’s ears are not deaf to our words, they are noted and remembered and we shall not escape having to give an account of them on the judgement day.

And bear this in mind, that God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts as well as our words and He shall not be deceived at all in the judgement day, He shall not make one mistake, unlike human judges.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Matt. 12 v37

How do you measure up in this matter of "words". When you consider your words, do you realise that you need a Saviour because many of your "words" are full of sin.

Isaiah could say "Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Is 6 v 5.

There was a remedy for Isaiah and there is a remedy for us also if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3 v 15 – 16

© Jeff Maxwell 2010



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