EVERY CARELESS WORD

Matthew 12:36

But I say to you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Jesus spoke plainly about our idle words, yet his warning often goes unheeded. Jesus said that every idle word there will be time of accounting in the day of judgement. We would expect Jesus condemn the profane and vile uses of the tongue, but idle words? Idle words are things we say carelessly, without concern for their impact on others. We too quickly assume the sins of our tongue are minor sins, sin that God will overlook. Yet Jesus was fully aware of the devastating nature of our words that come from our mouths give a lucid picture of the condition of our heart (Matthew 15:17-20).

The book of Proverbs encourages us to speak less rather than not saying something offensive (Proverbs 17:28). Often we risk saying something offensive (Proverbs 17:28). Often when we have nothing significant to say we are tempted to speak injurious, idle words. The more time we spend in idle chatter, the greater the likelihood that we will say things that are harmful. James cautioned believers to be “swift to bear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). We much less in danger of saying something offensive when we are listening than when we are speaking!

Think carefully about the words that come from your mouth. Christian should speak only words that come from your mouth. Christian should speak only words than uplift and bring grace to others (Ephesians 4:29). Do you need to speak less? Do you need to be careful about the kind of humour you use? ask the holy spirit to help you evaluate whether your words builds up others or whether they destroy and hurt others.

experiencing GOD day-by-day htb&rb

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