“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – The Gospel According to St. Matthew 12: 36-37
After reading this passage, this morning I find myself reflecting on the words I speak that will justify me, and those which may condemn me.
What do I say that is praiseworthy of others, uplifting, encouraging and loving? What do I say that is enlightening, of spiritual benefit, builds others up, healing and offering sight to the blind?
And, by comparison, what do I say that is critical and demeaning, slanderous and gossiping? What do I say that hurts and wounds, that tears others down, is irreverent, disrespectful and seeks only to hurt, kill and destroy?
I would prefer to be judged by my own cleverly crafted self image and reputation and not by what I have said to others. That is because I am afraid I know what kinds of words proceed from my mouth more often than not.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.