In the days of old where Internet, television, recording devices, and the like were not commonplace, the words that one spoke were held to a higher standard. Your word was literally your bond. If one did not keep their word it would be seen as a capital offense and they could be stoned to death! Despite how we now perceive that “talk is cheap” and “words don’t mean anything,” God still holds the words that you let proceed out of your mouth to a very high standard. In the below Scriptures you can see how important our spoken word is and how the tongue can defile a person. Let’s venture to guard our lips and bridle our tongues, they truly hold power that can lead to death or life (see Proverbs 18:21)/justification or condemnation.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)
“Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? (James 3:4-11)