What happens to your idle words? You know, the ones you say without thinking, then wish you could take back – but their damage has already been done.
The words that are cutting and hurtful. Perhaps they were said defensively, or perhaps they were intended as a joke that turned out badly.
The Bible says that we’re accountable for those:
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Mat 12:36-37 KJV)
It is hard for us to bridle our tongues – it takes so little to cause great trouble:
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (Jam 3:5-10 KJV)
Eventually, the Bible tells us, there will come a time when our tongues will do God’s will, whether we’ve planned to or not:
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (Rom 14:11 KJV)
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phi 2:10-11 KJV)
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (Isa 45:21-23 KJV)
I wish to acknowledge early, long before the Judgment Seat of Christ, that I regret my idle words. To acknowledge before mankind, and before my Lord, that my knees have bowed and my tongue continues to confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and that He glorifies our Father in heaven.
May God continue to bless those that do so!