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Sunday, 14 July 2013

July 14 - IDLE WORDS

“I say unto you that EVERY IDLE WORD (i.e. unprofitable word) that men speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt 12:36).

It was a little foolish chat that Eve had with the serpent that brought about ruin and untold misery to the whole human race. She might have thought, “What is wrong in conversing with the serpent? After all, we are only speaking about spiritual matters.” Let us be careful about how we talk, what we talk about, and to whom we talk. The kingdom of Israel was divided into two without any remedy and many fierce battles ensued just because King Rehoboam spoke a few foolish words to his subjects!

“The tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a LITTLE FIRE kindleth!” (Jms 3:5). How often we do not realize the awful result of the unedifying words we speak for the sake of fun or pastime!

George Fox, a man of God of the 17th century who was noted for his ‘words like a flash of lightning’, for ‘fewness and fullness of words’, said in his testimony, “The Lord showed me that my words must be few and savoury.”

“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,” taught St Paul (Col 4:6). Our word, every word of ours ought to be ‘good to the use of edifying’ and should ‘minister grace unto the hearers’ (Eph 4:29).

– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion

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