Idle Words

Matthew 12:35-36 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

With the rise of social media, we are communicating more than ever – or are we? Tweets, chats, IMs, Facebook posts, and more are on the rise.

Everyone has something to say about everything. What we had for dinner, what clothes we chose to wear today, our political rants or the neighbor’s dog making a mess in my yard are things we can scroll through to view.

We might share a funny meme or a short video of our child’s first steps. Yet, in light of scripture, can we take responsibility for the idle words that go forth every day? Whether written, spoken, typed, tweeted, chatted, or posted, our words are recorded, not for some governmental conspiracy, but for all eternity. 

If Jesus tells us that we are to give an account of all the words we have spoken, then they are being held against that day. 

Often, we give our opinions freely about so many things, often without ever giving a thought about the impact of those words. There are times we should have spoke up, and times we want to recall words spoken in haste or anger.

The Apostle Paul exhorted young Timothy upon what to set his meditation.

1 Timothy 4:15-16 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Moses taught the Israelites that our words in our homes should be pleasing to God. All who hear will learn and most likely repeat the same. 

Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Far too often, we express our disapproval or disgust over a matter too easily or quickly. We do not realize that there is one listening that needs godly influence. We are to be salt and light to a world desperately seeking for truth. 

Again, David helps us in our request before God.

Psalm 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”

Allowing God to be the governor of our speech means to give not only our words but our thoughts to Him as well. The meditation of our hearts will overflow at some point in time, and all will be revealed.

David wrote in Psalm 19, a prayer regarding this very thing.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”

People want something real. As God’s children, if we cannot be realistic in our words and actions, how will they ever see what a difference Christ can make in our lives?

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