“By Your Words”
We acknowledge, O God, that our words matter more than we usually think they do; help us to take them more seriously, knowing that the content of our words reflects the content of our hearts. That being the case, help us to take the content of our hearts with utmost seriousness so that we will have a healthy place from which healthy words can and will flow.
Guard us from legalistic paranoia over the silly and meaningless words that we utter in moments of joy, humor, pain, or confusion.
But also guard us from unthinking carelessness about the ways that our words, especially our words that reflect on you, on the nature of our relationship with you, and on your ways in the world, can reflect an unthinking carelessness about those most important realities.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)