#DailyProverbs 18:20: "You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words."
I daily struggle with my mouth. James was no liar when he noted that the tongue is the strongest muscle and hardest to control. Our words can speak life or death. We can tear down a lifetime in a moment, without a seeming care. Your "throw-away" statement that you carelessly and flippantly spout, can cause years of pain for someone.
Those of us with razor sharp wit, and a bit of a harsh streak don't always mean for it to be ugly, or even for us to hurt anyone. We don't think like that, and it's usually not malicious in intent. But that's not an excuse, and that is just not valid as an answer any longer. We are still responsible for EVERY word that we speak... every truth, every gossip, every lie, every slander, every joke, every embellishment, every harshness, and every misrepresentation.
Are you proud of your words? Not just your actions and not just your thoughts, but your words? Are you proud of the things you say TO people? Are you proud of the things you say ABOUT people? Are you proud of the things you say to your best friend about others? Are you proud of the words you speak when you are alone?
Take care in what you say, what you let your tongue represent to the world about you, and about what you believe. Take care in how you let your tongue represent to the world about your faith and your walk with God. Take care that what you speak is a true representation of yourself. Because it is. You may think you are a good person, but one day... you will have to account for every word - whether good or bad. You will stand and account for every word - whether false or true.