In II Timothy 2:16 scripture commands: “But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness”. There are two kinds of language the Bible enjoins in this verse:
— First, we are to avoid “worldly” talk. This could mean all kinds of language which is offensive to holiness: swearing, off-color or immoral language, etc. Most of us know this kind of language should not characterize our lives.
— But it is interesting that it is not only “worldly” talk are we to avoid, that which is “negative” in holiness, but also “empty chatter”: just vain, worthless, unprofitable “chatter.” When we speak, it is to be something positively GOOD, something GODLY, something PURPOSEFUL. Ephesians 4:29 says that we are only to speak “that which is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Our words are not merely to “fill the airwaves”; they should do someone some good!
So it is not only negatively “worldly” talk we are to avoid, but also “empty” talk that doesn’t really help anyone. As we begin this new week, ask God to help you think before you speak, and “avoid worldly and empty chatter.”