We humans, as creations of God, are some kind of wonderful. The book of Genesis tells us that we are made in the image of God and that everything God made was good. Still, there are times when we open our mouths and what comes out is everything but wonderful and far from the character of our creator. Matthew 12 : 36 – 37 says, “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (NLT)
In America we take advantage of our freedom of speech. We say whatever we want to say, when we want to say it, and how we want to say it, and then we justify it all as our first amendment right. But, it is good to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). To paraphrase the words of Paul, all things may be lawful for us, but they are not all good for us. Even though we are allowed to do or say many things, we should not become a slave to anything. (See 1 Corinthians 6: 12 -13)
It serves us well to apply the old saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all” to our everyday lives. That way, when we do speak, we do so with words of life that will acquit us when we stand before the Father (daily) and not condemn us.
“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad…for whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.” – Matthew 12:33 -35