For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.” 1 Peter 3:10 (NIV)
Growing up, as a young Christian, I remember taking the scripture spoken by Jesus in Matthew 12:26 very seriously. The verse says, “But I tell you that everyone will give an account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”
Because of that I tried not to gossip or slander others. In high school I remember one of my friends telling me that I was the only person she knew who didn’t gossip. I don’t say this to build myself up, because I am sure I have fallen short in this area at times.
We live in a world where people are inclined to give their opinions about any topic or person at any time or any place. It seems that we are becoming a boundaryless society as we daily peer into the personal lives of those we barely know on social media, sharing our own lives as well.
As Christians, we are called to a higher standard … a standard so high that we are told by Christ we will give an account for every empty or idle word we have spoken.
The word “empty” is described as vain, futile, worthless, or meaningless. The opposite of that would be to speak words full of meaning and purpose … words to build each other up instead of tearing others down.
My grandparents’ generation seemed to speak less … measure their words more. They lived by the mantra “If you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
There was an understood code of ethics to preserve the dignity of others. Older persons were spoken to with respect, valued for their wisdom, and treated with dignity.
We can’t control the direction of today’s society. But, as Christians, we can choose to walk a different way. Let’s choose a higher standard as we measure our speech and take responsibility for all of our words.
2 thoughts on “Our Words”
Oh my gosh! I will try to work on and delete those “empty and worthless and hurtful/hateful words “! You really pegged it!
I was blessed to be in a tight-knit group, core group(5) of Christian girls in high school. Our whole group was about 30 though and we 5 were blessed to be the center of that wheel.
Thinking about it now, I do not recall ever gossiping! I suppose we came close when we were concerned about someone in our group’s absence when they were expected at school that day! Usually someone would go to the pay phone on campus and call them.
But this was out of love and concern!
Even now… Many many decades later, our “core” group stays in touch. And although we five live all over this continent, we manage to get together every few years. There is one in our core group who is the “undesignated /designated ‘Paul Revere’ “. Kaye lets us know what is going on when things are “out of the ordinary”; be it good or not so good.
Beautifully stated. Thanks.
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