Have you ever heard a group of women talk about someone else? How is your ‘talk’? Are you building up someone? Are you helping someone to further their ministry by speaking highly of them?
Nothing But Empty Words
Are you involved in conversations of empty words? Are you listening to someone else say foolish things? Either in regards to someone else or worse, about God?
How do we go from wholesome, edifying speech to idle, worthless talk?
What is idle talk? The King James version calls it “vain jangling” – what a term! I need to incorporate it into my vocabulary! Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says it is ‘vain talking, empty talk’.
I understand that the passage continues on in verse 7 saying that those who have turned to idle talk desire to be teachers of the law but they don’t know what they are talking about – so, in other words, just a bunch of ‘know-it-alls’! I’ve run into my fair share of ‘know-it-alls’ in my life. Ummm…I may have even been one.
But I wonder if vain jangling also pertains to any kind of idle talk – like gossip and slander; judgmental attitudes, pride. Any kind of talk that is not edifying to the body of Christ. If it isn’t bringing people closer to the Saviour, then why are we uttering them?
As I read these 2 verses, I wonder if we turn to idle talk when we stop loving from a pure heart.
To Love From A Pure Heart
To get a better understanding of this small passage, let’s investigate what it means to love from a pure heart.
Looking back at Matthew 22:37, what does Jesus say the most important commandment is?
A lawyer asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus responds by saying that “the greatest is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength. And the 2nd is to love your neighbour as yourself.”
So, looking at the order of the 2 commands, I can safely assume that if I do not fulfill the first one, then I am unable to fulfill the 2nd one. How can I love others fully and completely, the way Christ loves, if I refuse to love God with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength? When I am living out the first commandment Jesus gave, to love God with everything I’ve got; then I can love others from a pure heart. Loving God fully is key to loving with a pure heart.
I want to love from a pure heart! Do you?
We Have Been Given A New Heart
I wonder if loving with a pure heart also has to do with Ezekiel 36:26.
God has given us a new heart – one of flesh instead of a heart of stone. This new heart comes to us through Christ Jesus when we receive Him as Lord of our lives. He transforms. He makes all things new. He redeems. He gives in abundance. He gives these things freely…but we must receive them.
What about loving from a good conscience? What does that mean?
I wonder if it has anything to do with having a repentant heart.
Are we running to the cross for forgiveness and healing?
Are we doing our part to stay out of bondage?
Galatians 5:1 tells us that we have a choice whether or not we remain in bondage. Christ has come to set us free. He died so that we may live in freedom. Are we choosing this gift? Or are we holding on to something we shouldn’t be holding on to? And let’s face it – when we are in bondage, we aren’t the best at loving, are we?
Are we doing our part to live with a clear conscience? Do we maintain a repentant heart that is living in freedom?
I know I desperately need a Saviour. I can’t love the way he commands me to love without Him as Lord of my life.
So, do we turn to empty talk when we stop loving God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength? What do you think?
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