These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

Bible Study Guide:

Idle Words

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, By Your Words.

1. Matthew 12:22-32. Compare the reactions of the multitude of verse 23 to the reaction of the Pharisees in verse 24. What answer did Jesus give to their thoughts?

2. Matthew 12:33-35; 15:18-19. What determines the quality of a person’s thoughts and speech?

3. Matthew 12:36-37. How can a person’s "idle" words give evidence which will either justify or condemn on the day of judgment?

4. James 3:1-18. Since the tongue has the potential for "blessing and cursing," what steps can we take to bless more and curse less?

5. Ephesians 4: 29-32. What types of "corrupt communication" or "unwholesome talk" tear down another person rather than building up? What kind of words can we use to edify other people?

6. 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 3:1; 4:14-16. What provision does God make for us to be able to make our words thoughtful and productive?

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