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. (Matthew 12:35-36)
All I have to say is, “Yikes!” I’m going to be held accountable for every careless word that comes out of my mouth. Yowser! I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I can probably count on at least one careless word a day. I’d love to say I’ve conquered this, that some how I’ve learned the art of “being quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19).” But that wouldn’t be very honest of me.
I’m seeing that I have to slow down quite a bit, listen up a lot more, and speak less frequently. I want to be more careful when choosing my response to others. I want my words to be Christlike, to be a reflection of God’s work in me, and to be completely honoring to God. I want to choose each word wisely!
Have you ever spoken a careless word? Do you need to slow down to listen? If so, join me in the journey of speaking less and listening more!
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Dear Father God, I often forget to slow down and listen. I pray that You will remind me daily the power in my words. May I take the time to listen more and speak less frequently.