36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
This passage of scripture calls to mind the Ten Commandments and the one which says “Thous shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in Vain. It also draws to mind the verse of scripture found in Proverbs, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).
The passage in Matthew clearly states we are held accountable of the words we use. For good or for bad. Why do we see so many “so called” Christians wearing or flaunting a cross around there neck for the world to see and as soon as they open there mouth they profane diety and use idle, crude and offensive words. do they not read the same Bible?
In the great Book of Proverbs is the passage “As a man thinketh, so is he” which implies that our thoughts precede our actions. Speech is an action. If we don’t think or entertain vane, idle or profane words then we won’t speak them.
We are to love our brother as ourself. If something as simple as our words can condem us in the judgement then it behooves us with Love to kingly warn our neighbor. Let us strive with ourselves to have civilized conversation void of crude, vulgar, vain or idle words and maybe with an example such as that, have an affect on others.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew records another passage of scripture that goes along with this theme:
Matthew 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.