Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who said “…for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment” (Mathew 12:36)
The words we speak…something that we always use but almost never give much attention to…these words are what Jesus is referring to in this passage of scripture.
Spoken once, they cannot be recalled. But they have the capacity to dispense blessing or scatter gloom. And also the capacity to live on long after the speaker is dead and gone. Children testify to this. Daughter-in-laws testify to this. Employees do.
The influence of our words on the lives of others and their eternal consequences really deserve our careful contemplation. But whether we contemplate them or not, Jesus says here that He carefully scrutinizes every little word that we speak and records it (Mathew 12:36)
Why does He do this? Here are two reasons I’d like to put forward…
- He sees our words as an indicator of our true personality: Noting carefully the flow of words from a person’s mouth; especially during relaxed and unguarded moments, will give us a picture of the quality of that persons mind, the quality of his character, his strengths and his weaknesses. These words can also prove to be the most obvious and accurate measure of the depth of his or her Christian experience and the extent of a person’s love of Christ and others. Jesus taught “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mathew 12:34) and therefore words are indicators of one’s true heart condition and personality.
- He sees the words we speak as a means of fulfilling His purposes in and for our lives: 1 Kings 17:8 onwards tells us about Elijah sojourning at Zarephath. And, he was carrying the anointing upon him. The presence of this anointing should have produced life and liberty there but the bible records that death caught hold of the widow’s son who had hosted Elijah. What opened the door for death to come into this household? The only reason we can find will be the words inviting death spoken by the widow out of her own mouth.(1 Kings17:12) Many people don’t understand their power but the bible in Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit”
1 Peter 3:9 teaches us that Jesus has purposed for us to inherit a blessing (to be blessed) and to be a blessing (to others).The words we speak can be a means to achieve both these ends.
Positive words that agree with the word of God can invite blessings into our lives. But words that agree with satan’s plans can block the blessing and bring the curse to us.
Words that build up, encourage and strengthen can be a source of blessing to others. Words that wound, hinder, discourage and curse on the other hand can be weapons in satan’s hands.
The bible does not teach us that satan makes us speak negatively but teaches us that it is for us to choose. And we need to make that choice- NOW !
The words we speak are like “talents” the master gives his servants (Mathew 25:14-30) Choosing not to speak at all would be like hiding the one talent given to us by the master (Mathew 25:25).But this would bring us nothing but punishment.(Mathew 25:26-30)We cannot leave them unused; we cannot waste them, but we need to use them to fulfill the master’s purposes. That is when our words will bring us rewards (Mathew 25:14-23)
But how?-many ask. How can I use the words I speak in a good and godly manner that would bless me and make me a blessing?-many ask. I’d like to share three steps with you that can help change the way we speak so that our words can be used by GOD.
(1) Jesus said “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Mathew 12:35)He also taught that evil people cannot speak good things because it is out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Mathew 12:34).These words actually tell us that if we want our words to be good and godly, the first step to take is to fill our hearts with good treasure. What we need to do is to read, meditate on and memorize the word of God. (Philippians 4:8, Psalms 119:11). When our hearts are filled with the “word” it will start to overflow through our lips and our words will be what God wants them to be.
(2) Many a person has complained that even conversations that start off well sometimes go off track and end up where it should have never got to at all. Regretting such conversation they often say later,” I shouldn’t have said that”, or “If only I hadn’t spoken that way”. I’ve heard people say “I didn’t want to, but the temptation to gossip was just too great”, “I wouldn’t have said that, but I was just too angry”.
The solution is to “watch and pray”(Mark 14:38). Be watchful-ie: alert and attentive as to what comes out of your mouth. Think before you talk ! And pray- like David did-“Set a guard, O Lord over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3). “Will power” can help you to control your tongue only to a certain extent. But if you pray that prayer daily, “Holy Spirit Power “ will do what “will power” cannot .
(3) Talking about the dangerous days to come, Jesus said “But when they arrest you and deliver you up , do not worry beforehand or premeditate on what you will speak. But whatever is given to you in that hour , speak that; for it is not you who speak but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11)
Friend, I am aware of the context of this passage. But what I want you to notice is the promise included in this verse. The promise of “the right words to speak being given us at the right time by the Holy Spirit”. A promise that tells us of a possibility of the Holy Spirit speaking through us to fulfill Gods eternal purposes.
2 Corinthians 1:20 says “For ALL (not “some”-emphasis mine) the promises of God in Him are Yes and Amen to the glory of God through us”. James 4:2 teaches us “…you do not have because you do not ask”
If you understand the length, breadth and depth of this promise in Mark 13:11 and also can understand how claiming it can affect your speech, yield control of your speech to the Holy Spirit who is the only one who knows the will of the Father (Romans 8:27). Ask Him to speak through you good and godly words that would please God.
Every morning start your day with God. Spend time reading His word. Memorize scripture daily and fill your heart with it. And pray-“Lord, I yield control of my tongue to you. Use it to fulfill your purposes for me. Give me the right words to speak to the right people at the right time “
….Make it a daily prayer in your life…and I believe the results will amaze even you.