S: You can be sure of this: when the day of judgment comes, everyone will be held accountable for every careless word he has spoken. Matthew 12:36 (TPT)
O: Jesus is addressing the heart of the Pharisees here, after they accuse Him of casting out demons by the power of Satan. But in true Jesus fashion, He let’s nothing go to waste and takes advantage of EVERY teaching opportunity. While His words are directed to the Pharisees, they are meant for all of us to heed.
A: “…everyone will be held accountable for every careless word he has spoken.”
There it is. Written in letters of red, spoken from Jesus Himself.
I tremble at the thought of the careless words I’ve spoken and will speak if I do not get my thoughts under control. If I do not address the issues causing turmoil in my heart and mind, I can’t possibly win control over the words wanting to escape my lips.
“And so the tongue is a small part of the body yet it carries great power! Just think of how a small flame can set a huge forest ablaze. And the tongue is a fire! It can be compared to the sum total of wickedness and is the most dangerous part of our human body. It corrupts the entire body and is a hellish flame! It releases a fire that can burn throughout the course of human existence.
For every wild animal on earth including birds, creeping reptiles, and creatures of the sea and land have all been overpowered and tamed by humans, but the tongue is not able to be tamed. It’s a fickle, unrestrained evil that spews out words full of toxic poison! We use our tongue to praise God our Father and then turn around and curse a person who was made in his very image! Out of the same mouth we pour out words of praise one minute and curses the next. My brothers and sister, this should never be!” James 3:5-12 (TPT)
P: Father, I repent from every careless word I’ve spoken. Please forgive me, Jesus, for not putting weight to my words – words I’ve uttered without thinking. How careless I have been! Could You ever forgive me?
Please, Holy Spirit, help me to think before I speak. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
I need a Savior. I need You, Jesus. Thank You for hearing my prayer. I love You.
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