Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Words are born from thoughts. Although we can't always control our thoughts the Bible does instruct us what we're to do with them - take them captive! Imagine the President at a White House ball. He doesn't just allow anyone to come in, but has armed men guarding every entrance for any suspicious characters. It is certain that anyone not invited is not only held captive but thrown out.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;We are responsible for what we do with our thoughts. Holding thoughts captive gives us the opportunity to discard the bad ones before they come out of our mouths and become part of our permanent record.
The man was on his knees, trying to retrieve each of his ugly words that were now scattered on the floor. But, of course, it was too late. ~Dr. SunWolf
Today you are the judge -what you will do with Jesus. But when your life is over, the roles will reverse and Jesus will decide what to do with you. On that day, Jesus will either be your judge or your lawyer.
Hebrews 10:30 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.One day, Jesus will divide all people into two groups - believers and unbelievers. The believers will have eternal life and the unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire.
Luke 12:4-5 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Thoughts are the birthplace for all that is said and done. And we will be held responsible for all of them. We can choose what to speak, what to do, where to go and how to behave. Let us choose the right. And when we fail to, let us seek forgiveness from those we've offended. King David encourages us to this standard:
Psalms 119:101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him
We all have moments when we will feel discouraged, afraid and angry. We will put our foot in our mouths and unintentionally hurt someone when we speak without restraint. It happens.
But when we do, we can ask forgiveness from one another.
Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
It's good to know that as believers, we have an advocate with the father - our Saviour Jesus who makes intercession for his own. I am so thankful for that!
So I just want to encourage you to use your tongues today to bring blessing and life to those around you. Take your thoughts captive before they become irretrievably spoken.
James 3:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.