Right Conversation

Christ Jesus especially emphasized the importance of refraining from idle thoughts and words. He made it very clear that out of evil thoughts spring evil deeds; also he made it plain that all idle words, as well as wicked acts, are to be accounted for. "But I say unto you," he declared, "that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Could instruction be more direct, or admonition more conclusive?

There is but one course, then, for those to follow who would be obedient to the teachings of the Master. Completely to abandon indulgence in idle words—gossip, meaningless conversations—is the only course that fulfills this ideal. Why? Because idle words are but the expression of idle thoughts, thoughts which emanate not from the divine Mind, the source of all good, but which, having their origin in the so-called mortal mind, relate only to the activities and claims of material existence, hence have no basis in fact, in spiritual truth.

"Hold fast that which is good"
September 25, 1926

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