Matthew 12:35-36 (NIV) The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.  But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
Psalm 19:14 (NIV) May the words of my mouth and the MEDITATION of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Where do our words come from? They come from our hearts and our thoughts. We speak from the depths of what we have stored up inside. These verses in Matthew remind us that ALL the things that we say are things for which we must answer some day to God. I love the challenge in the Holman N. T. Commentary: “Words are so easy to produce that we can forget how powerful they are. They have great potential for building up as well as tearing down. They can be used to advance God's kingdom, or to attack it... Words must be used with care. Careless words are like loaded guns that are handled recklessly.” That is why it is important for us to remember Words Mean Things - Words Have Impact. How we say something is critically important. We must not use the excuse that because something is True we can say it carelessly without any thought to how those words may be received. For someday we will ANSWER to God for every word carelessly or recklessly spoken. That is why David’s prayer in Psalm 19 is a great way to start each day. May my Words and Heart be focused on You o Lord God.
PRAYER: Lord, please help me today to accept the responsibility of speaking Words in ways that honor You. May I learn to speak the TRUTH but in ways that demonstrate Your Grace. Lord may my heart and mind be fixed on You and may the Words I speak reflect You to others.