A Slip of the Lip Sinks a Ship
"But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken"
"You are what you eat." Right? Wrong! According to Jesus, we are what we say.
As He was teaching the crowds, they brought to Him a demon-possessed man who could neither see nor speak. Jesus healed the man, performing an undeniable miracle, in fulfillment of Scripture (Isaiah 29:18). The Pharisees should have immediately recognized that mercifully God had sent His promised. Instead, they opened their mouths and spoke, saying with derision, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons" (vs. 24).
The Pharisees fully revealed the self-righteous hypocrites that they were. With their careless words they condemned themselves to the point where Jesus warned them, "By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" (vs. 37).
What we say conveys far more than the message we want to communicate. Our speech reveals the condition of our hearts.
(The authenticity of our faith and the quality of our commitment to Christ can best be measured by our words in our prayer to Him.)