The other day I was on Facebook and someone posted something that said, “God don’t care whether you cuss or not, they are just words”. I thought how untrue that was and how sad that someone actually believes that. The truth is, it DOES matter according to the Bible. It is in His written Word. Jesus taught that our speech was and is important.
Matthew 12:36 says “But I say to you that every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it on the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
He does care what you say. It’s a sin to use filthy language. As a Christian, you are a representation of Christ, not the world and its vocabulary. Colossians 3:7-10 (NKJV) “in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”
You will be held responsible for every word that you speak. I hope that we all realize anything that can condemn us on judgment day is important today. Do we care about Judgment Day?
This passage alone should make us realize how important it is to choose our words wisely.
We will give an account of our speech. Every bad word, every bit of gossip, every lie you tell, whether it’s a white lie or a big lie will be brought up. Remember, these are Jesus words, not mine. People get mad and say, “well you are being judgmental”! Sadly people like to use that phrase too. But no, I am not judging. That is God’s job, and that alone should scare us enough to heed to His Word and want to do better with our speech.
Can you think of all the times you did these things above? I can speak for only myself, but I am ashamed of the things I have engaged in during my lifetime. I have done my share of all three things, especially while I was growing up and before I became a Christian. When I became a Christian, I tried so hard not to fall into those traps, unfortunately I did and have anyways. The devil is out there ready to pounce and test you (1 Peter 5:8).
Another thing that I hear people say so much today is “OMG”. You know it means OH MY GOD, right? Taking the Lords name in vain, which means using His name other than lifting His name up in reverence. It’s a lack of respect for God Himself. Psalms 111:9 says His name is holy and awesome.
Leviticus 19:12 says also “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord”.
I hear people scream the words “Jesus Christ” or “Jesus” to express themselves over something that is said or done. It’s like saying a curse word. The only time you should shout His name is in prayer or reverence to Him, not used as a form of expression or dissatisfaction. What does the above scriptures say again?
Another scripture that reminds us of our speech is Colossians 4:6– “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Our words reveal our substance, the truth of who we really are. Have we thought about it like that at all? If we talk like the world, then maybe we need to see where our focus truly is. Our tongue, to be so small, sure can cause a lot of grief and disrespect for so many people, even our Lord and Savior.
It’s scary to me to think of all that we will be held accountable for on the Day of Judgment….think about it….every idle word…….
I hope this helps to make us examine our speech and what we say. It’s hard sometimes, but pray for guidance on your speech every day. Pray that we use our speech to uplift not tear down. We should want to use our speech to glorify God and build others up–not profane God, and tear others down.