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From “A Golden Treasury for the Children of God” by Carl Heinrich Von Bogatzky

     Just a gentle reminder about the power of our words.

I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Mat_12:36.

See also Eph_4:29. Eph_5:4.

Here all corrupt communication, jesting, foolish talking, or whatever is not convenient, and good to the use of edifying, is plainly forbidden. But who truly believes the report and the truth of these awful words? Surely the world does not believe them at all? This is quite plain, from that very common and shocking practice and custom of judging, lying, swearing, jesting, and talking all manner of filthiness, yea, even religious people very often do not believe and consider them enough. How many heedless, slanderous, idle, and unprofitable words, are sometimes spoken by these! Be therefore careful, my reader, to weigh every word, and to make light of none, for each will increase thine account. Whenever you are going to speak, let the question be first. Is it needful to speak? Does it tend to the glory of God? Will it profit me or others?O Lord grant that never an idle word may drop from my lips. Whenever I am to converse with others, give me grace to converse with thee by secret prayers. In all companies, let thy presence be before mine eyes, always looking upon thee, as the chief person in the place, and receiving direction, when and what I am to speak. May thy good spirit always teach me and sanctify all my thoughts and words.

Thus I resolve before the Lord,
Now will I watch my tongue,
Lest I let slip one sinful word,
Or do my neighbour wrong.

From “Morning and Evening” by C.H. Spurgeon

     We, as Christians, need to heed this with all diligence.  How much harm have we caused to our Savior and Lord, and our brothers and sisters by failing to do this. 

“Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people … Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.”

Lev_19:16, Lev_19:17

Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; for it injures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false, we are by this precept of God’s Word forbidden to spread it. The reputations of the Lord’s people should be very precious in our sight, and we should count it shame to help the devil to dishonour the Church and the name of the Lord. Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Many glory in pulling down their brethren, as if thereby they raised themselves. Noah’s wise sons cast a mantle over their father, and he who exposed him earned a fearful curse. We may ourselves one of these dark days need forbearance and silence from our brethren, let us render it cheerfully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our personal bond-SPEAK EVIL OF NO MAN.

The Holy Spirit, however, permits us to censure sin, and prescribes the way in which we are to do it. It must be done by rebuking our brother to his face, not by railing behind his back. This course is manly, brotherly, Christlike, and under God’s blessing will be useful. Does the flesh shrink from it? Then we must lay the greater stress upon our conscience, and keep ourselves to the work, lest by suffering sin upon our friend we become ourselves partakers of it. Hundreds have been saved from gross sins by the timely, wise, affectionate warnings of faithful ministers and brethren. Our Lord Jesus has set us a gracious example of how to deal with erring friends in his warning given to Peter, the prayer with which he preceded it, and the gentle way in which he bore with Peter’s boastful denial that he needed such a caution.