Mathew 12:36 (KJV) But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
This week an ALME reader asked the question: “What is considered an idle word?”, after reading the Daily Scripture on Facebook. The question got me to thinking, prompting today’s weekly post.
There are countless books and articles written on the subject of the power of the spoken word. A quick review of Mathew 12:36 in several translations of the bible provide insight into our question. Words, phrases and definitions for idle included:
careless, useless, thoughtless, untrue, inoperative, nonworking, vain, lazy, unemployed, barren
Quite a vivid picture! I had to chuckle, however, at the thoughts that came to my own mind after my research. Driving tractor has forever changed the way I see things.
I imagined myself in Beauty, our big farm tractor. Instead of taking off and driving with purpose, I was just sitting with the engine running idle. I was not going anywhere or putting her to good use. With the gears resting in the neutral position, I wasn’t accomplishing a thing. I was just wasting time and burning fuel.
This tractor has 280 horse power. We have used her to tear out weeds, plant good seed, and even to pull the pickup up the road when it was too muddy or snowy to navigate. There was so much power available to me, yet I did nothing with the power I had been given.
The Lord entrusted us with a great responsibility when He gave us the gift of speech. May our tongue be used with purpose and care. May we keep our list of idle, careless, thoughtless, useless, words, very very short.
So I pray:
“Lord Jesus, please forgive me for the times I have spoken carelessly and without thought. For words I have spoken that were untrue. I ask that You help me to speak words that sow good seed and that bring forth life in others. Help me Lord, to be aware of every word that I am to say. May You be pleased with that which I have spoken, one day when I stand before You.”
In Jesus’ Name~ Amen
James 12:9-10 (NKJV) 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
Proverbs (KJV) 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Ephesians 4:29 (IJV) let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.