READ: Ephesians 5:1-4
“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Timothy 2:16)
Foolish talking is simply the talk of a fool. A fool says all that he is thinking, but wise people learn to say what is appropriate in every situation. Foolish speaking can cost you your life.
Remember the story of Joseph in the Bible. He made the mistake of blurting out all of the vision and plan of God at the wrong time, and more particularly, to the wrong people (Genesis 37:5). This foolish talk led to his kidnap. There are things God reveals that you must not tell anyone. Keep them in your heart. At the right time they will come to pass.
There are other forms of foolish talking. One common type is the endless chitchat of some ladies. In the multitude of chatting you are likely to say something wrong; you are likely to speak a wrong word and sin (Ecclesiastes 5:7).
Another form of foolish speaking I want to consider is speaking without giving glory to God. We must be careful to give glory to God and acknowledge Him in all that we say. I remember the story of a man who escaped from an earthquake in San Francisco. In a television interview, he foolishly attributed his narrow escape to his strong will power, instead of giving glory to God. A week later, he died of a sudden heart attack (Ecclesiastes 8:8).
Let us be careful to give God the glory for the things He does for us. Foolish and empty talk only reveals our emptiness and ignorance.
Written by: Bishop Dag Heward-Mills