I believe some of us have forgotten that when we stand before God we will indeed have to give an account for every IDLE word we have spoken (Matthew 12:36, New King James Version). I say this because I see people posting “mini rants” about various subject matters on social media and following it up with the phrase “I’m just saying.” Now I may be wrong, but to me the phrase “I’m just saying” implies that you really have no particular reason for saying what you’ve said; you just see a common issue in the world or in your community and want to say something about it.
In other words: nobody asked you for your opinion on the matter, the issue is not going on in your own life, and you’re not necessarily saying something with the intent of encouraging or enlightening someone. You’re just saying something, just talking. Now often times these rants or statements can hold some truth and I have absolutely nothing against speaking the truth-I speak it all the time through these blog posts. However, with every post I write I have a specific intent of uplifting and enlightening others-I’m never “just saying.” Yet I do have to admit in everyday conversations I’ve been guilty of ranting about something I’ve noticed and following it up with this useless phrase.
So today I want to advise you as I advise myself: don’t be found guilty of speaking idle words from your lips OR through social media. Let every form of communication that comes from you have purpose, a GOOD purpose. Just because you notice something or think something in your mind, whether it be the truth or not, does not mean you have to speak it. And if you do feel the need to speak the truth concerning a matter, let it been done with the specific intent of uplifting or edifying another (Ephesians 4:29, NKJV)!
Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)
“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.