In our day as a plethora of words fly through airwaves, TV cables, the internet and emails, we do well to hear and heed the following warning from Puritan Thomas Manton.
Idle words weigh heavy in God’s balance. God, that hath given a law to the heart, hath also given a law to the lips: “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Mt 12:36). Words will come to be judged; either we are to give an account of them here, or hereafter; either to condemn ourselves for them, and seek pardon, or to be condemned hereafter before GOD. A loose and ungoverned tongue will be one evidence brought against men, as a sign of their unrenewed hearts, in the day of judgment.
PSALM 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (esv)
I notice that you quote Manton quite a bit on your blog. Have you seen the electronic edition of his 22-volume Works? It was released just this afternoon for pre-order from Logos Bible Software.
Check it out: The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (22 Vols.)