I know the intentions of the heart. Bad or good a thought lies, taken captive or set free that the tongue may proclaim. I hear more than what is said. The heart speaks in the eyes, and the whispers of the mind echo in My ears. The wellspring of the heart gives life, good to the life of the Godly, but a life of misery to those who abandon the way of the Father. The heart is echoed in the mouth, and an evil eye is a reflection of a darkened heart. Hold firmly to your thoughts. Tame them as one tames a wild beast. They will do harm to their master, and will prey on those who are weak. Listen to My Voice that is above the beast, above the thoughts of hatred and malice. Harbor not sentiments of destruction to your brother, or condemn your sister in silent words. Allow not life to the thoughts that bring sin, and give not your lips their guidance, for the word, both good and bad, is forever propelled, and it cannot be retrieved. Each thought is to be captured, and not every musing is to be given speech. Bless with your mouth, and hold firm your tongue when its fuel is folly, and as a weapon it is drawn. The words of your mouth are not forgotten.
Luke 12:2-3 (ESV) – Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
Bottom Line: In this world of F-bombs and uncensored speech, the bridles on our tongues are culturally less and less. In general, respect for people, and the art of “choosing your words carefully” is decreasing rapidly with every generation. Even in the professional workplace, slander against others, and vulgar thoughts are freely expressed. Scripture reminds us that we are to take ungodly thoughts captive, not giving them life in speech or action, even letting them live within our minds is sinful in God’s eyes. As Christ-followers we are called higher, not only in actions and behaviors, but also in our thoughts and speech. The workplace is a great place to practice.