The Word of God, reminds us to flee those worldly lusts and greediness to obtain material wealth, and instead to seek and follow after those Spiritual Treasures which are able to make you Rich in Christ Jesus our Lord! and we are also reminded to shun “profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” It’s important that we not only refuse to take part in such things as ungodly and useless babbling, any speaking that is without thought or without self-control in fact, but we also should shun such things! We should look down upon it, speak against it, not to listen to the other person who speaks profane to us and show from the Word of God that it is not edifying to the hearer, but instead is the opposite: increasing unto more ungodliness! We have to remember that our words originate from our hearts, as our Lord says in Matthew 12:34 “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” So we must remember to watch our words and guard against such ungodly or even unprofitable speaking! Remembering always that every word we speak, is recorded and will be made known, and we will have to give account of them all in the day of judgment: Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Guarding our words and watching what we say is equal to guarding our hearts against ungodliness, and watching what we introduce into our hearts!
Our words are not meaningless nor are they powerless to change those who speak them and those who hear them. As it is said in James 3:3-6 “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” Though our mouths seeming small compared to the other members of the body, and though the words seem small compared to our other actions, they are by no means small in what it produces! If we speak ill things toward others, or toward ourselves, such will defile our bodies. If we speak good things of others, or of ourselves (not boasting, just speaking in a godly manner), we will strengthen and enrich our lives!
For these reasons, we are told in those verses, to shun profane and vain babblings. We most certainly should refrain from profane babblings, and shun them when they are present in others! That which is profane, is evil and ungodly. We must keep from, and rebuke, that which is said in an ungodly manner. Whatever may be said out of spite or with a lack of love, we must rebuke. Whatever may be said to harm another, or to make others view another in a poor light (excluding our speaking the Truth, though this should still be done lovingly and in a way meant to help: “This man is a blasphemer!” say also, “Be careful and don’t follow his words or actions, but follow God’s Truth!” even, “Don’t be around him often, you don’t want him to rub off on you!”). All things which are ungodly, or are spoken unloving, should be rebuked! Those things which are ungodly, clearly should be shunned and not be named among us. And speech, though it may seem a harmless thing, should also be rebuked because Truly it is like a fire that will increase unto MORE ungodliness within those who hear it, and those who speak it!
We are also told in those above verses, to shun VAIN babbling! This means our words should not be just spoken without thinking. We shouldn’t babble on and on about such fickle and worthless things! As I’ve heard it said, speech is a blessing from God, if we’ve been given it, why waste it? We should seek to not speak empty and vain words, but rather let us speak whatever we speak, to the edification of whomever hears us. Let us speak words, that whomever may hear our words, will be helped, and not walk away with nothing! As said in Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” We mustn’t babble, most definitely we mustn’t do so without thought. We have to think before we speak, even pray before we speak! If we can’t think of something nice to say, then as the saying goes, don’t say anything at all. Instead we should wait and listen . . .We should wait for that which is good and edifying to the hearer to come to us, before we speak! As we are told in James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” Let us be more willing to listen, than speak. And when we do speak, let’s speak so that the person hearing us, walks away having gained something good.
Now, this doesn’t mean we should hesitate when speaking the Word of God. For the Word of God is good, and should readily be spoken. Always remember though, that when we do speak the Word of God, pray beforehand, that your words are wise, and well-said!
In all this, we must remember to not only keep it from our own lives, but we are to shun profane and vain babblings. They will only amount to more ungodliness!