A piano student was told by the instructor to practice and learn a song over the next week. The piano student replied,”I’ll practice it 100 times!” The student didn’t really mean that she was going to practice the song 100 times, but the parent overheard the entire conversation and explained to the student that that was her word and that she was going to practice 100 times. The parent created an excel document so that each time the student practiced, she could check off her practice session with an X, being well on her way to the 100th practice.
Our words are important, so important that the bible teaches in Proverbs 18:21 that the power of life and death are in the tongue. So, what that means is that what your tongue says decides whether you live (be connected to God) or die (stay separated from God). We should speak life over our finances, marriages, children, etc. If you need further instruction on how to do this, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Now on to the lesson from this post. We should be very careful with “idle” talk. What I mean by that are sayings that we really don’t mean. For instance, the student saying that she was going to practice 100 times. She didn’t mean that, but that is what she said. So if her teacher is expecting 100 times worth of practicing or not, that is what she has to do because that is what she SAID she was going to do. If she doesn’t do that she will have told a lie. Don’t say things that you don’t really mean. Don’t kid and joke with your words. It’s not funny and it’s not cute. Don’t say you are going to arrive at a certain time unless you mean full well to arrive at that time. Be careful with terms like “hold on a minute” or “this won’t take but a second”. If you don’t mean a second or a minute, don’t say that. You can easily say “hold on” or “this probably won’t take long”.
Let me give you an example that may be more meaningful to you. We all know that the housing market went belly up and that many people owe more on their home than what it is worth. Some folks have had to relocate because of job situations, etc. The bottom line is this, if you signed on the dotted line that you would pay your mortgage, even if the value of the home drops by 100K you can’t stop paying as long as you are able because your word is now on the line. Are you going to pay what you agreed to pay or are you going to walk away? You have to use the Word of God as your guide here and it teaches in Romans 13:8 to owe no man but to love him. That does not mean you can’t get a loan or have debt. What that means is pay your bills, and don’t sign to pay for something if you don’t intend to pay for it. If your financial situation changes and you don’t see how you can pay for it, contact your lender and work out some sort of plan. Don’t let walking away be an option. It may block blessings that God has lined up for you in the future. If you are upside down and you don’t see a way out, God has a plan for you that will require you to trust Him totally for deliverance to be realized.
Let’s now look at Matthew 12:36 to make another point. The New International Version translation says “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” There is no reason for us to waste words, being careless and sometimes reckless with words. We hear comments with curse words added for what people say is “emphasis”. We hear words in spoken voice and in music designed to tear down, degrade, belittle and hurt. We should speak words to edify people and use the Word of God to correct in love. Let me encourage you to not waste words. Wasted words are designed to lead to your destruction. They give place for the enemy to come in and work his plan. Don’t allow the enemy access to your family, children, co-workers, home or community. The way you keep him out is by submitting to God so that you will have the power to resist him (the devil) and to use faith filled words that God has given us the authority to use.