I talk too much. This has been a fault of mine since I said my first word. In elementary school, my teachers would get frustrated with me for talking in class. When I became a teenager, I learned how words can uplift and hurt others. I’m guilty of both. As an adult, I strive to speak the truth and disagree with others peaceably. It kills me to think I’ve hurt or offended someone. But still, I talk too much.
Matthew 12:35-37 spoke directly to me the other day during my devotion.
“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 judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (KJV)
Wow. One day I’ll give account for every word I’ve ever said. Good or bad.
The word idle in verse 36 means useless, empty (Strong’s Concordance). That means our words are supposed to serve a purpose–motivate, uplift, teach, encourage… Useless, empty, and hurtful words serve no purpose and will be judged.
~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her newest release Silver White Winters is available now. For more on Candice and her books, visit her webpage.