Can you at least remember the gist of your major conversations?
Here’s what Jesus said —
But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. (Matthew 12:36)
The dictionary defines idle as “something of no real worth, importance, or significance.” And the Greek dictionary says idle in this verse means “free from labor; barren.”
So I’m taking a little time to reflect:
- Are all my words worthwhile?
- Are they important?
- Are they significant?
- Did all my words do some good to someone?
If I can’t say “Yes,” it’s time to change my vocabulary… or maybe I just need to speak fewer words.
What do you think about idle words?