Is there a day of judgment for every careless word spoken?

10/17/2013 12:22 PM

10/17/2013 12:23 PM

Repent on a daily basis

Elder Donald D. Deshler, of the Seventy, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: To understand the Day of Judgment referred to throughout Holy Scripture, it is important to consider a question that all people ask: “What is the purpose of our life on Earth?”

In short, God has placed us here to gain a physical body, to learn important principles, to love and to serve others as Jesus did so we can become more like him. Our ultimate goal is to live in a way that makes us worthy to return to live with God after we die.

During our day-to-day lives, we make mistakes that cause us to fall short. Our mistakes may be things that we do (acts of commission) such as lying, stealing, or saying hurtful things; or, our mistakes may be things that we fail to do (acts of omission), things that we know we should such as going out of our way to help someone or “holding back” by not saying something kind and loving to others.

When we make mistakes, we can repent and ask to be forgiven and then strive to do better in the future. It is possible to be forgiven because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice that has redeemed us from our sins and mistakes. It is only through his mercy and grace that we can be forgiven.

Some day in the future, each of us will be judged for the things we’ve said and done as well as our thoughts, desires and motives of our hearts.

So that we might be able to give a good accounting of our lives, it is imperative that we repent on a daily basis and seek, with God’s help, to more closely follow the example set by Jesus Christ.

Unfruitful speech

The Rev. Raymond Davis, Jr., founder and pastor emeritus of the Greater Corinthian Church of Christ: How many of us give any thought to our talk being put under scrutiny in God’s Judgment Day event? What does Jesus say? Consider: “for every idle word men speak, they will give account of it in the day of Judgment … and by thy words you shall be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)

Jesus’ use of the word “idle” is a reference to speech that is unprofitable, barren and unfruitful. He urges us away from this.

James goes even further: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” (3:6)

But there is a very powerful sidebar of needed awareness about speech that Jesus mentions. Just a verse before, Matthew says: “for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.”

Created by God in such fashion, the mouth and heart were joined to each other. Before we speak audibly, the heart has deemed it so – good or bad. God knows and hears it before we voice it.

What else can be said about speech?

Titus 2:8 speaks of “sound speech, that cannot be condemned (leaving others to have) no evil thing to say of you.”

And Colossians 4:6 advises: “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.”

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