Read Matthew 12:33-37
Did you catch that? “I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken” (v. 36). That is some intense scrutiny! Those words we expressed without thinking twice. The ones that felt good to unleash but that really hurt another person. The off-color ones that caused some to laugh while God grieved. The ones we justified because of our pain. We will give account for every word.
That realization should cause us to keep a close watch on what we say. And yet the tongue is a difficult creature to tame! Tongue control requires that we walk by the Spirit, allowing His fruit . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control . . . to show up in us.
But nestled in verse 34 is yet another key to controlling our tongues. “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
Take a glass from your cupboard and fill it to the brim with water. While holding the full glass over the sink with one hand, take your other hand and bump the hand holding the glass. Some of the water you had placed into the glass spilled out, right?
There’s only one way to control what spills out of the glass. It’s the same for controlling the words that come out of our mouths. If the mouth speaks from what fills it, we must control that which we allow into our hearts!
So, let’s get practical. What do you allow into your heart? To what kind of music do you listen? How about your TV and movie entertainment? Those inputs have a way of lodging themselves in your heart and thoughts and spilling out in your speech. What are you reading?
Only when we fill our hearts with wholesome thoughts will wholesome words flow from our lips.