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  Bible Question: What does it mean in the Bible when it says that we will give an account of every idle word word we have spoken? Is this scripture only for the unbeliever or will the Christian also have to give an account for their words one day?
 
Bible Answer: Recently a man stated that he did not believe there was a god. He was serious! Then he added, "But if I am wrong, I am sure I can negotiate with God and get into heaven." He was confident that he could out negotiate God. That is arrogance since the very definition of the word "god" implies one who is vastly superior in every way to ourselves. The Bible has a great deal to say about how our eternal future will be determined. Jesus gives us some insight with this statement.
 
  But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. (NKJV) Matthew 12:36
 
     Matthew 12:36. The key words in this passage are "idle" and "account." The first word "idle" comes from the root Greek word ARGOS. It means "not busy, idle, inactive, doing nothing, and sterile." When we apply it as Jesus did here in Matthew 12:36, it has the idea of careless or casual words. Our second word "account" comes from the Greek word APODIOMI which means to "give an answer." Jesus is saying that everyone will have to give God an answer for even their casual comments. The gentleman above will have a difficult time when God asks him to justify every word he has ever spoken. God will not be interested in a wonderful presentation of the best parts of his life story. God will be digging into the details of his life - words, actions, and thoughts. God will be helping each non-Christian understand why he or she is going to hell. But Christians will not be judged for there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus (Rom. 8:1).

 
  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (NASB) Romans 8;1
 
    In the verse (v. 35) just before this one, Jesus says that our words reveal the type of heart we have. The good heart of a Christian will bring forth good words and an evil heart speaks forth evil. The Pharisees had just spoken evil when they said that Jesus was using demonic power to perform His miracles. These evil words reveal the true nature of their hearts - evil.
 
  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. But I say to you that 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. (NKJV) Matthew 12:35-37
 
Jesus repeats this warning later in the gospel of Matthew when He says,
 
  But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man . . . (NASB) Matthew 15:18-20
 
     Our Actions. God will review the conduct of all persons (Rev. 20:12) to help them understand that they deserve to go to hell. When a non-Christian comes before God, He is not starting His evaluation of his or her life. He already knows each person's sins and He has already determined where each person is going. He is omniscient or all-knowing. The review is not for Him but for the individual. Each person's evil deeds will be the proof that person is not a Christian.

 
  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV) Galatians 5:19-21
 
Non-Christians can only do evil deeds. Christians can do good deeds (Eph. 2:8-9) by the power of the Holy Spirit.
     
 
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