Do you think about what you say before you speak? As a middle-aged woman, let me assure you that every word counts. There is a warning in Matthew 12:36 KJV, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” The word idle, as defined in its context in Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary is: “Unfruitful; barren; not productive of good.” Are your words unfruitful, empty, and void of good or are they fruitful, full of life, and good?
Words have the power to encourage and lift up or to tear down and destroy. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21 KJV. Surely, the words we speak will bear fruit in our lives. Would you like to eat clean, wholesome, nourishing fruit or dirty, rotten, bitter fruit? You and I get to choose.
When we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost soul, we are choosing words that are life-giving. On the contrary, when we don’t speak against evil, we allow death to reign. How important it is that we think before we speak and choose every word carefully!
Jesus Christ is the Word. He created us with the ability to speak. Let us use our words to bring honor and glory to Him. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 KJV.