Q#!!)(%?!@; It!

Have you noticed how often profanity is creeping into our speech these days?

What disturbs me most is hearing kids use it. And not just in angry outbursts, but inbleep normal conversations with other kids.

We hear it across many TV shows today, even in G-rated daytime family programming. Cussing is becoming acceptable. No one riles against it. Network and cable executives don’t censor it. Occasionally some shows still “bleep” out what some still consider words that cross the line; but even the worst ones sneak into earshot now and again.

In Ephesians 4:29 Paul writes,

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

I can’t throw stones. I’ve spouted out gutter talk. But only instances of extreme frustration. But my frustration does not excuse it. My wife is quick to point it out and admonish me. When I resort to it. I repent quickly. Because I hate swearing and hate hearing anyone swear. I once heard people cuss because they lack the vocabulary to express themselves in encouraging or positive ways.

For whatever reason, swearing is unacceptable if we (including me) are going to declare ourselves witnesses for Christ. Every time we choose a swear word over encouraging Christ-like responses it damages our testimony and our witness, even if no one but God (and especially God) is around to hear us.

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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2 Responses to Q#!!)(%?!@; It!

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Amen, Evelyn. So true. Thank you for sharing these scriptures. God bless.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    The Lord Jesus did give us a warning in Matthew 12:

    33″Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 33″Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
    34You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 34You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 34″You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 34Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
    35A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 35The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 35″The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 35A good man produces good things from his storeroom of good, and an evil man produces evil things from his storeroom of evil.
    36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 36I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 36″But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 36I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.
    37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” 37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” 37″For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    Let us ask Him to cleanse our hearts, renew our minds so that we can speak clearly out of the abundance of our hearts with no shame to His name.

    He is the Silent Listener to every conversation. We need to take heed.

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