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Not Just Idle Words

Philosophy View of Idle Words

Idle words are empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk

Biblical View of Idle Words

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh forwardness. Proverbs 10:30-32 KJV
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37 KJV

So according to the scriptures we can see that idle words are useless for productive communication and somehow does damage. Every such empty or careless word will be judged because it reveals the inner self of a person. Believers should speak as though we are going to be judged at the judgment seat of Christ.

The beautiful words of Deuteronomy 32:2 sounds as though we are about to be so thoroughly soaked with satisfaction that you will never be thirsty again; Moses had a message that would thoroughly refresh his hearers. Part of this fresh message was the concept of God as our rock.

My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: Deuteronomy 32:2 KJV

The picture of God as our rock is firmly embedded in the Old Testament. Moses says that God is a perfect Rock, a faithful God who does no wrong. He is always right, and we must measure our little ideas of rightness against his eternal truth. Moses said that his teaching to the people, recorded in this book would be “gentle showers” As we read Moses’ teaching, it doesn’t sound very gentle, Moses mourned the times the children of Israel rejected the Rock their Saviour. Deserting the Rock who fathered them, Israel became like the other nation whose dependence on lesser rocks had let them down- nation whose rock had sold them. When the Israelites neglect God their Rock, judgement lay ahead.

Yet Moses also reminded the people of two things that God is the:

“One who kills and gives life.

The one who wounds and heals

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand Deuteronomy 32:39 KJV

Moses sang a fresh song, calling his people to a renewed commitment to the Rock of their Salvation. Now that sort of truth- telling with the promise brings fresh hope- as fresh as the dew from heaven on parched ground.

When he had finished, Moses warned, these instructions are not mere words- they are your life!

For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it. Deuteronomy 32:47 KJV

Moses also told the Israelite to teach their children what he had taught them as well as what they had learned through bitter experience. Leaders need to pass on Bible based true to those in their charge -whether in the home or in the church. Those who follow us need to hear such encouragement from our lips. If they are to take to heart of words of God, who is our Rock, they must know that we have taken those words to heart as well, God’s words are not idle words they are life itself.


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