Dirty words are fast becoming commonplace. Terms that a few years ago never left the locker room are today plastered on T-shirts, printed on bumper stickers, and are brought into our home on TV. Although it’s disturbing to hear non-Christians use bad language, we shouldn’t be surprised. God’s Spirit doesn’t live in them, and they’re not guided by His Word.
What’s even worse is that swearing and impure language can be heard among Christians. Some families are exposed to so much of the world’s foul-mouthed offerings at the movies, on VCRs, and on network TV that they lose their distaste for offensive communication. “What’s the big deal?” they ask.
The big deal is God’s disapproval. His Word says:
- “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth” (Ephesians 4:29).
- “… put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language” (Colossians 3:8).
- “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10).
We can’t do much about the language of people who aren’t Christians. But we who love Jesus must not stoop to the language of the gutter.
Let’s keep our “tongue from evil.” – J. David Branon
Guard well your lips, for none can know
What evils from the tongue may flow;
What guilt, what grief may be incurred
By one uncautious, evil word. – Elliott
A foul mouth is the mark of a polluted soul.
- September 18, 1989, Our Daily Bread