HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.” (Proverbs 16:21).
Life is very largely made up of words. They are not so emphatic, perhaps, as deeds. Deeds are more deliberate expressions of thought. One of the most remarkable authors of the New Testament has said, “If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man.” It is very often a test of victory in Christian life.
Our triumph in this often depends on what we say, or what we do not say. It is said by James of the tongue, “It is set on fire of hell.” (James 3:6) The true Christian, therefore, is righteous in his ways and upright in his words. Therefore the words we speak as Christians can save us or destroy us. They can save a nation or set it to ruins. Those same words from your lips are life or death, so think before you open your mouth.
His deeds appeal to men; but in a speech, he is looking up, for God is listening. His words are sent upward and recorded for the judgment. I believe that this is an actual fact, and I can almost fancy that the skies above, which seem so transparent, the beautiful blue ether over our heads, is like a waxen tablet with a finely sensitive surface, and receives an impression of every word we speak and that these tablets are hardened and preserved for the eternal judgment.
So we should speak, dear friends, brothers and sisters, and my faithful readers with our eyes ever upward, never forgetting that we shall someday meet the words that we have spoken. Every word, every thought are recorded by the recording angel and are archived waiting for us, unless we repent and seek the vision of the Lord Jesus.