Words Have Power
Our words are very powerful in fact they are used by others to determine what type of person we are. Why? Because out of the abundance of our heart the mouth speaks. If we are feeding our minds with evil then we will be unable to produce good words : if we are transforming our minds by meditating on God’s Word then we will have good words to speak.
A Few Scripture to Support This
As we can see it is very important what we let permeate our hearts.
How Important Are Our Words
We will have to give an account for every idle word that we speak. I suppose we need to know what idle words are.
Idle is described in the dictionary as: empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.
Idle Words From a Biblical Perspective
The Greek word argos – here translated as “idle” – means “inactive, unfruitful, barren, lazy, useless or unprofitable.”
Examples of Using Idle Words
Taking the Lord’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7). This means to use God’s name without a sincere reverence. How would we do that? By using His name as a swear word or as a vain repetition.
Lying (Proverbs 6:16-19).
Being Deceitful (Romans 16:18).
Filthy language (Ephesians 5:4).
We can also use our words to speak evil of those in authority (Exodus 22:28).
Or we can use our words to speak evil of those around us (Matthew 5:21-22).
Those who use flattery (Psalms 12:1-4).
Rash oaths (Matthew 5:33-37)
Finally, unwholesome words, which includes euphemisms (an inoffensive expression substituted for one considered offensive) (Ephesians 4:29)
It’s amazing how little we think about our speech at times. I have had to put some checks on my mouth, in the last little while, and have had to realize that I haven’t been guarding my heart as well as I should be.
Let’s work with God to have our speech cleaned up by the renewing of our minds and by what we let into our heart.
We should make time to speak words or thankfulness (Ephesians 5:3-4).
Let’s “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. And, be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
What practices can you start this week to help you have kinder speech?
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