36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The key word isn’t word, it’s account. We will give an accounting for every part, every moment, every word, every thought, every action of our life. I have so many parts, moments, words, thoughts, actions in my life that I don’t want to have to explain. I’m sick, broken, and so are the things in my life – when up to me. These are driven by my fleshly desires, the things of the world. I will have to account for them and my ugliness.
I know I’m broken, unclean, imperfect. I also know that through Christ’s death for these sins I am forgiven. There’s great hope and joy in that knowledge, knowing that though I’ve left a trail of pain and destruction in other people’s lives through my actions, slowly (to slowly) how I think, what I think, is changing. I pray that someday I’ll be able to ask everyone I’ve hurt for forgiveness and a chance to say I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done. I wish I could undo all those things, to take that pain I caused away, but I can’t. It’s part of my story.
Christ forgives all. Christ has the way forward. The Holy Spirit works on our heart and changes us. All it takes is accepting Christ as your savior and then following Him passionately, being intentional on letting the Holy Spirit transform you. So easy sounding, yet so hard to do.
At the end of the day, we’ll have to account for our words, for our life. Are you ready to give an account?