Don’t Speak

19 Jan


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.

That’s sobering.

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.

Lord, help me to listen more, choose my words carefully, and reflect You. CandicePortraits009-XL

~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.


Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Don’t Speak

  1. Quid Pro Quills

    January 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Ohhh, I need this. Thank you, Candice!


  2. rpatchen

    January 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’m right there with you, Candice. I’ve been working on making my words healing, not hurting. I’m a talker, and sometimes, I should really just be quiet. By the grace of God, he’s changing me.


  3. Marge Wiebe

    January 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Oh, I can so relate. Great post, Candice!


  4. Pegg Thomas

    January 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I don’t dare comment on this. Anything I said can and should be used against me!



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