“I say unto you, every idle word that men shall speak they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
Oh, the reputations wrecked and careers ruined by careless words, either spoken or written, for which the penalty was devastating. Words matter.
The Apostle exhorts us to “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). Words matter. Whether to tear down or to build up; whether to shame or to encourage; whether to blaspheme, or to honor and praise. Words matter, and there shall be an accounting, a judgment, a reckoning.
Words Matter: Jesus said, “For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). The Apostle in his Epistle to the Romans makes this point clear writing: “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10). What is your confession? Your eternal salvation depends on it. Will you be justified, or will you be condemned?
Living by Words: “Jesus answered saying, ‘It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4). Words matter. We live by the words that proceed from the mouth of God (see Matthew 4:4). Those rhemas (Gr.), those inspired words of life we receive from the Holy Spirit, those life-giving words received by the spirit within and heard with the ear and eyes of our understanding that challenge, that nourish, that comfort us and motivate us to press on in the midst of the stress and the trials. Those precious words that water our souls and feed us with our daily bread. Those living words of life and breath are the life source for soul and spirit and keep us in that eternal life that is in Christ Jesus.
One Little Word: Martin Luther (1483-1546) knew well the power of words as expressed in his familiar hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (1529). The third stanza reads: “And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us. We will not fear for God has willed His Truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure, one little word shall fell him”. Yes, many or few, or even one! Words matter.
The Prophets spoke the word of the Lord. In the Scriptures we have the word of God. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we have been given the word of Truth. Proclaim the Word, speak the Truth, share with everyone the words of Life. With your mouth make your confession, speak and be heard. Impact your world with your words everyday.
It very well may be as the songwriters sang: “It’s only words, but words are all I have to take your heart away”.