It seems like every so often, God brings to my attention the importance of the words I speak; Not just the things I don't say that I should, but the things I say carelessly that are better left unspoken.
I was reading today in Matthew and came across these verses:
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
That is a scary thought! If my heart is full of pride, selfishness, foolishness etc...then I won't be able to help but speak foolish words out of pride and selfishness. Speaking fitly words is about so much more than just watching what we say, it's about cultivating a heart of love, compassion, humility, and grace so that our words will be nothing but lovely, compassionate, humble and full of grace.
Matthew 12:34 "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks"
Lord, change my heart so that my words will follow.