That “the person who keeps his or her mouth keeps his or her life: but the person who opens wide the lips shall have destruction” (Proverbs 13:3). I believe God’s Word judges how the tongue reflects God’s Word (Jesus Christ) because God’s Word judges us.
Scripture says that “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Our words justify or condemn us (Matthew 12:36-37). Is this not reason enough to tremble at what we say? Now as before, in “Strange Fire,” we see that silence is not the remedy for wickedness. Here, this conclusion remains.
Now, our tongue brings us into judgment.
So are we to think our words judge us? Are we to believe that the words we speak will either prove us guilty or innocent? Are we to believe that the voluntary mute gets into heaven automatically?
The world puts so much value on our words as if they are choice metals. The world thinks our words are like precious jewels or money. It thinks we should be wise in how we invest such precious commodities, our words. “Be careful of what you say,” the world warns, “because your words may affect someone’s eternity.” The world warns that “you can’t forget words.” “Words from the tongue are our possessions,” the world continues, “but be cautious in how you invest them because some investments incur great loss.” “Words are more powerful than bombs,” the world says. “I can turn the world upside down with my words,” the world says.
But our words, despite what the world claims (and I must spite often what the world claims), are not the most valuable. It is higher to think God’s Word—even that Jesus Christ, the living son and Word of God—is the most valuable Word we can “speak” (note the quotations). Andraé Crouch composed a song that expresses the importance of this “Word” beautifully and powerfully!
Thus, how many words are there worth saying if one Word is all, is everything? Should we keep our mouth from saying anything or the wrong thing? Or is it better to keep our mouth from saying something radical, grandiose, excellent, or fantastic?
The latter option is better because what is more grandiose than “speaking” Jesus? By far, nothing! The person who truly keeps his or her mouth might say many things, but one Word—Jesus. That is to say that the one who really guards the mouth always has Jesus on his or her lips. Who can speak anything more powerful than Jesus Christ? No one!
So we read that “God is watching over his Word to accomplish it” (Jeremiah 1:12)! So we read that “Just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so God’s word that proceeds from His mouth will not return to Him empty, but it will accomplish what He please, and it will prosper where He sends it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
So we read that “When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). So we read that “Transgression ensnares a person’s lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble” (Proverbs 12:13). So we read that “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence” (Psalm 39:1). And we read from the Holy One Jesus, who does “not speak on his own but the Father who sent him has commanded him what to say and how to say it” (John 12:49), that “The one who rejects me (God) and does not receive my words has a judge; the word (Jesus) that I have spoken will judge him on the last day” (John 12:48).
There is one Word that we can speak that has power and is the most valuable word when it comes down to the fate of our soul: Jesus. So, if we think about it, there aren’t that many words worth “speaking” than Jesus Christ (I say speaking in a figurative sense). If all I know is Jesus Christ, that’s okay. Does not Scripture say “I knew nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Obviously, we “know more” than the person Jesus Christ, but it’s higher to accept that we cannot know anything or anyone more than Jesus Christ. The Christian knows that it’s okay to be ignorant of everything except Jesus. The Christian says, “Only Jesus Christ can turn the world upside down.” The Christian also says, “Only Jesus affects my eternity.”
One should see the name of Jesus as the most valuable word (Romans 10:9-13). When we understand “Jesus” as the most vital word, we lose interest in superfluous talk.
Therefore, although what we say can be valuable, there is really only one valuable word that we can say. His name is Jesus. Since God’s Word says we are justified by our words (Matthew 12:36-37) and we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1, 1:17, 3:22, 26-28, 30), then we are justified and live by how our words reflect God’s Word. So be careful to choose not your words but God’s Word.