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What Is An Idle Word

What is an "IDLE" word? Why does Matthew 12:36 say But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.

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Anything spoken that is worthless or having no value like false doctrines, gossip, conspiracies, debates that can't be won, lies, fables, tall tales, babble, words spoken from the imagination, idle fancies ("I wish I were rich"), chitchat, needless multitude of words (long-windedness), cussing, self affirmations, angry words, joking, jesting, small talk, etc.

I myself (not the bible) think joking, jesting, and small talk, is good in moderation or used as ice breakers when meeting new people.

"But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law, for they are unprofitable and useless." (Titus 3:9).
---Steveng on 8/10/08

This scripture Jesus is not talking to the saved but to those awful, hypocritical, Pharisees, who are known by their wickedness as well as their words. Jesus is saying words alone won't send you to HELL. God is much more concern with what conditon one's heart is in than what's coming out of one's mouth. Actually, this can be for good or rotten stuff coming out of one's mouth. For example, fair words can be coming from a Non-Regenerate heart as well as blasphemous words. Heart condition. How is yours?>>>>> I've got it, this scripture. Not so difficult when God is in it.
---catherine on 8/10/08

This makes me think of this proverb:

He who thinks by the inch and speaks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot. Anon.
---BRUCE5656 on 8/8/08

And every word I *think* and imagine saying to anyone.

"Do all things without complaining and disputing," (Pilippians 2:14)

There is to be no complaining IN me, and no arguing. Arguing words are included in this (o:

But what about if God wants us to say we do not agree with someone. Be submissive to God, so you say what He wants and relate the way He wants in an example way of being humble and not trying to control someone or get what you want > "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3)
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/8/08

An "idle" word is a go nowhere without meaning and unprofitable puff of air.
---Robert on 8/8/08

Words used out of spite but really not True or meant, words used aimlessly.
---MIC on 8/8/08

Empty,Useless, unprofitable, worthless,
---Bish on 8/8/08

Do you remember how easily the old man could be provoked and how you responded back - giving back as good as you were getting?

Even here, do you have to check yourself, knowing that it's not the moderator's job to check all of our idle words.
---Michelle on 11/9/07

Idle words are any words spoken that is not spoken to the glorifying of God.
---Shawn.M.T on 11/9/07

The key is not to be wise in our own eyes, but ask the Father to deliver us from evil.

If we don't repent, forgive, and demonstrate love, we will grow lukewarm and no longer care about every idle word. God makes note of every word coming out of our mouthes.
---Michelle on 11/9/07

Do you remember when evil words slipped out of your heart through your mouth and repenting for them?

Do you remember the day, when you no longer paid attention to the Holy Spirit, checking you about evil or harsh words? How easy it is to slip back into the ways of the old man?
---Michelle on 11/9/07

After the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I repented for every evil word and every evil deed in my life. The Holy Spirit would bring to my remembrance, my debts towards others - every evil, awful thing out of my mouth. I asked God to clean me up, and that went on for quite some time.

Those were the best days of my life. I looked at every person in the store or street with love.
---Michelle on 11/9/07

Before the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I did not repent like that. I did not care about every single person that I saw struggling with a grocery cart and no home.
I remember a man pulling up beside me, rolling down his window, as I was praying and crying over such a person. He said, "Lady, it can't possibly be that bad of a day, what's the matter with you?"
---Michelle on 11/9/07

I cried about the homeless and I cried about the lost. I tried to maintain when I pulled up to streetlights, but driving with God in my car was heavenly.
When we're first saved, we're hot, we're on fire for the Lord and God doesn't want that to go away.
If you don't care about every idle word coming out of your mouth, ask God to purge you and clean you up, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
---Michelle on 11/9/07

Repenting and forgiving, sharing our faith, demonstrating our love - God wants us to be disciples of Christ.
---Michelle on 11/9/07

Do you remember the days after you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Every single word was measured.
Do you remember when you slipped back into old habits, how quickly the Holy Spirit stopped you from saying critical words about others?
---Michelle on 11/9/07

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Do you remember looking at everyone with love and wanting every single person to be saved?
Do you remember sitting at the stoplight, watching the less fortunate with all of their belongings in a shopping cart in plastic bags, praying for their safety, protection and salvation immediately?
Do you remember stopping and giving them what you could?
---Michelle on 11/9/07

Blessings Whisper, our words are the evidence of the state of our hearts. If you think about it, how many idle, foolish, and unprofitable things we have all said. Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord, keep watch over the doors of my lips(Psalm 141:3). Our daily conversation should always be full of grace. Soloman says in Proverbs 18:21 that the tongue has the power of life and death. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 11/9/07

When one speaks words which are meaningless,unhealthy,derogatory,negative,untrue or useless in content, these are idle words which will need to be accounted for at judgement. We must be very careful of what we say. Leah
---litlal on 11/8/07

you didn,t continue. for by your words you are justified,and by your words you will be other words watch what you say.
---tom2 on 11/8/07

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