4. No thoughtless, careless words, pause, think about what you’re saying.
Matthew 12:34-37--O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Idle word—literally “not working, non-operable, morally useless and unprofitable” lack of seriousness or caution, flippant, not blasphemous and blatantly wrong words, but even careless ones, spontaneous revelations of character. Account—the reasoning behind, an explanation, part of the evidence used to determine your eternal state.
Justified—acquitted or condemned. Words reveal true state of the heart.
Psalm 12:1-4--Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.3 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
Vanity—ruin, destruction, uselessness. Flattery—smooth, slippery, buttering up. Double heart—literally a heart heart, not honest, ulterior motives. Proud—great, haughty, boasting big things, exaggeration. Prevail—talk their way out of problems, win by turning the deal.
Ephesians 5:3-4--But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Filthiness—obscenity, shameful things. Foolish talking—silly, buffoonery, no value. Jesting—vulgar witticism, turn of phrase. Convenient—not proper or fitting.
1 Timothy 6:20-21--O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
Profane—common, trodden under foot, heathenish and wicked. Vain—no fruit.
Science falsely—appears smarter than it is. Intellectual snobbery and argumentativeness.
2 Timothy 2:15-16--Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
Vain babblings—repetition of syllables, just noise that appears like communication!
Increase—strike forward, advance, progress.