Matthew 12:33-37 "A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! how could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for the idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you."
Whew! This verse probably touches us all ... our mouths are always going.. needing to say something. And bad news, true or not, spreads like wildfire. This verse says to me that if we find ourselves speaking bad about someone that we need to stop and examine our hearts, the devil had found a crack...we need to seal that crack up. Idle words...I bet 80% or our words are idle... at least 50%. Just talking to be heard. Yet we spend so little time talking to God. Maybe God gave us so many words to speak, because we needed them to talk to Him with... but, instead we use them just to idly talk, talk, talk. This is a reminder to me to use my words to keep a check on my heart.... and to spend more of my many words talking to God.