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What do you mean by idle words, virtually everything we say is idle.

A chance meeting has led me to looking at Matthew's gospel. Matthew 12:9-37 KJV God has planted me in chapter12 and I find myself focused on verse 36 for several days. The context of verse 36 is part of his response to “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” These pharisees attributed his work, God's work, the Spirit's work, to the devil. A portion of his response includes this: “men will have to give an account for every careless word they have spoken.”
We have this tendency to take a verse like this and beat people up with it. Another way of stating this would be the laying undue guilt and condemnation upon Christians who will not look at the scriptures for themselves.
Let's take a look at the possibilities of what he was talking about. Matthew was a Jewish oriented writer and part of his mission seemed to be convincing the Jewish believers that Jesus was God, through lineage, prophecy, actions, and words. Chapter12 gives…

Oft times overwhelmed by the grace of God

It is really mind boggling to me how God causes things and meetings to happen.
I sat in a restaurant, possibly reestablishing a relationship with my girlfriend of ten years, after another of our long periods of absence from each other. She had asked me, during our conversation, if I could run her by the market. So in leaving I opted to take the freeway, as it is much faster. I missed my turn to enter the freeway and had to make a turn around, which took a couple of extra minutes. I am trying to save time mind you. 
Made it up and onto the freeway only to find all traffic stopped. That does not happen unless there is a huge accident, or something ghastly has happened. Now I am forced to exit onto another freeway going the opposite direction. Honestly, most times something like this happens I tend to come undone, but for some reason I am just thinking oh well. I am not in unfamiliar territory though and there is another exit off the freeway, though it was a bit of a press I got off ther…