But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Mathew 12:36
Have you ever thought about words? Sure, you have probably thought about the things you say and how you say them, but have you ever thought about each individual word? There are edifying words, pessimistic words, hope-filled words, dirty words, and yes, even idle words. That’s what the Bible calls them.
Idle words are the words that many times teenagers say that are just goofy or have no meaning to them whatsoever. I understand that teens will be teens, and they will be goofy sometimes. There is nothing wrong with that, but we must be very careful to guard our words. You say words that may not technically be considered curse words, and therefore do not face the scorn of the authority in your life. You say them to try to be cool and to fit in with the crowd that says the dirty words, while not technically saying them yourself. But not only do these things mar your testimony before a lost world, they are being recorded in Heaven, and some day you will have to answer for why you said each one.
Words that are mean and hurtful to someone around you are idle words. Teens are often the most guilty of trying to tear others down to get a laugh from their friends. Most of the time they are things that you may not even mean; you just say them in an attempt to be funny. Have you ever said, “Well, I didn’t really mean it”? Those are idle words, and they are things for which God says an account must be given.
Also, think about the fact that if you must give account for the idle words that you speak, how much more accountable must you be for the malicious words that are deliberately spoken to hurt someone or to tear them down? God places a high premium on what comes out of our mouths and we must be careful to guard each word.
Quote of the day: “But words once spoken can never be recalled.” - Wentworth Dillon