I stopped to do business with a man whose shop was extremely busy. I waited patiently as he dealt with other customers until everyone had gone. When we were alone he said, “My little old country grandmother would say that a day like this was …” and then let loose a colorful set of curse words I’d never before heard strung together.
No sooner had the words flown from his mouth than he realized what he’d said and to whom he’d spoken them – a man he knows to be a pastor at the corner church.
He didn’t apologize, but his face revealed that he was ashamed of how he’d talked to me.
Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. For every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:34-37).