“But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36)
It’s not a comfortable thing for a highly verbal person to contemplate accounting for every careless word. Yet when I recall having been on the victim side of this equation, I see how right this is, how much Christ cares for every single soul. Love is at the heart of everything Christ says and everything he does, and he wants me to love like that too.
When I’m careful, I’m “making sure of avoiding potential danger, mishap, or harm; cautious.” I want others to be careful when they speak about me, and I owe them that same care.
I embrace this truth, seeking forgiveness and grace to overcome my weakness. It is good to account for every careless word, good to care more rather than to care less.
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