by Suzanne Benner
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“Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen” (2 Timothy 2:14).
“Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly” (2 Timothy 2:16).
“Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels” (2 Timothy 2:23).
A word idly spoken, an opinionated commentary on a neighbor’s life, the need to be right in every discussion, quarreling about semantics, godless chatter, arguing about foolish or meaningless things; how often to we allow ourselves to indulge in these kinds of verbal expressions that dishonor God?
Indulge is the perfect word here, because although we know it’s wrong, we give in to the urge and gratify our sinful desires.
What is the result?
Foolish arguments produce quarrels.
Quarreling about words destroys not only the speaker, but all who listen as well.
Godless chatter means we will become less and less like Jesus.
Obviously, how we talk is very important to God.
In another part of the Bible we read that a true believer must keep “a tight rein on his tongue” (James 1:26).
When we think before we speak, we discover that some things are better left unsaid.
We need to confess our failings to God and ask Him to be Lord of our conversations. It may mean avoiding, for a while, the situations where we are most tempted, whether it is the telephone, a chat room or the neighborhood coffee group. We need to surrender our need to be right, to be the centre of attention or to build ourselves up by tearing others down.
Then, with God’s help we can avoid godless chatter and grow in our understanding of what it means to bring words of life to those who listen.
~Forgive me Heavenly Father for indulging in foolish arguments and godless chatter. Reveal to me the reasons I do it and help me to keep a tight rein on my tongue and to be intentional in speaking words that bring life and encouragement. Amen.
Questions: When or where are the times that you are most tempted to indulge in godless chatter? What need are you trying to fill by engaging in foolish arguments? Where is one place today that you can choose to specifically speak life words?
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