Idle Words

It all began when I was reading through Matthew 12 and came to verses 36-37. Now, I’ve read these verses many times before, but at this peculiar moment – these verses gave me pause. A complete halt in my reading, and instantly, I knew God was up to something.


Isn’t this the beauty of God’s Word? That no matter how many times we read a passage – we will always learn something new every time we read it. His Word is definitely sufficient to meet all our needs.


But back to the point. Matthew 12:36-37 (NKJV) says:

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be condemned.

Immediately, the words “idle,” “judgement,” and “condemned” stuck out like a sore thumb. And from that day up to this very moment (even as I’m writing this), God has been relentlessly pursuing my heart regarding this matter. A constant question hovers over me – How am I using my words?

Idle word” means a “word that accomplishes nothing neither in ministering grace or instruction to those who hears it”

Warren Wiersbe & Adam Clarke

As I read that meaning, the lightbulb slowing turned on and with it absolute horror! I finally got it! God will judge my every word (oral & written) that has accomplished nothing. Flashes of conversations flooded my thoughts – moments of unguarded conversations; things I’ve written on social media and different platforms; times when I’ve lied; the list goes on. And if God judges my small talk, how much more will he judge my words that were deliberate?!

That was a frightful thought! But eye opening!

I realized that although I cannot go back and reclaim all the fruitless words I’ve used – I can walk forward and change how I use my words now. This made me fall even more on my face before God and thank Him for His grace! Oh Matchless Grace! My aveune to a second chance to be better through Christ alone.

Realistically, I know that I cannot perfect the use of the my words. But, I am not without hope because I know that I can give my words to Christ and let Him BECOME my words. I can surrender all my conversations that Christ may teach me when to speak. What to speak. How to speak. When to write. What to write & How to write.

I know that through Christ ALONE can the Holy Spirit speak truth. And when my communications are lead by the Holy Spirit, I know that my words are covered in truth, seasoned by grace, overwhelmed with love, and sharp like a double edge sword to affect purpose for God’s Kingdom. “Ministering grace and instruction” will be accomplished.

Therefore, may we use our words to accomplish God’s purpose. For it is through our mouths that we confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9). Would we dare use our words to declare something contrary to Christ? Be alert. Be vigilant. Be Intentional. Because one day we will stand before God and account for every idle word that we have communicated.

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