“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” James 3:9-10
Darn those little words that sneak out from time to time!
Why do we let a curse word (or two or three) fly from time to time?
Perhaps we lack an adequate vocabulary – so we use BIG words for added impact?
More likely, we resort to profanity when we are absolutely, impossibly frustrated with a situation. Steam blowing out of the ears frustrated. Arrrrgggghhhh. Except with not-so-nice words.
Have you developed an ungodly pattern of expressing your displeasure or frustration with a situation?
It’s a reaction – something we say without thinking. Of course. If we were thinking we wouldn’t have said those words… since we know that Christians are not supposed to use curse words.
And I don’t always say it – but sometimes I am thinking it. Or whispering to myself.
So ugly words are still there, silent in my heart.
My reaction came from somewhere. A habit. A pattern. Of the heart.
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
Which means my heart needs cleaning again, dear God.
Oh Jesus, purify my heart and my mind. Help me to find a better way – or some other words – to express my frustration.
Help my words to bring You honor…
And to be something my 8-year-old can repeat.
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out-of-place, but rather thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:3-4
30 Days to Taming Your Tongue, a Bible study by Deborah Pegues