We human beings may go an entire day without remembering one word we’ve uttered. For many people, particularly some in government and politics, words are meaningless and are easily deniable. Speech has become commonplace and the choice of words has become too common.
This is not necessarily a commentary only on our times. It has been this way for thousands of years. Careless people don’t realize that words are important. Not only are we constantly being evaluated by our speech, but we also evaluate others by theirs. It is when our speech betrays us that we begin to see just how important words are.
Jesus saw in the Jewish leaders of his day the dichotomy that existed between the lofty ideas they had of themselves and the true character that lurked within them. He called them a “brood of vipers,” (Matthew 12:34). He told them words come from what they treasure most in their hearts.
We speak from what we believe is important. Our words come from what is uppermost in our minds. Jesus said those who are evil speak evil things because that was what was stored there. Good men speak good things for the same reason.
Jesus then told these Jewish leaders someone was listening.
Years ago, one of my aunts had a drawing of Jesus painted by a friend on her kitchen wall. The caption was, “Jesus — the unseen guest at every table.”
Jesus, friend, is everywhere. He hears every conversation. He hears every word we speak. He knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus said to the Jews, “But, I say to you that for every idle word men may speak they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”
Someone is listening to your every word. All of your words reflect what is in your heart. Are you ready to make those words as sweet as honey so they reflect a heart of the same?