The F-Word and Wholesome Christian Speech

The F-Word - Ephesians 4:29, bad language
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"The casual use of bad language is a sign of the coarsening of our culture." Katie Couric 

Television personality Katie Couric talks about the day the piped-in music at her gym included the f-word in the lyrics. Shocked, she looked around; but no one else blinked an eye.

“The more our culture uses curse words, the less shocking it is when we hear them. Because they're no longer shocking, people use them more and more.”*

1-minute devotion that will share God's views of profanity
In Eastern Europe, we've sometimes had conversations with people who've laced every sentence with profanity. They aren't being rude, but they’ve learned their English from American movies and assume we all talk that way. 

And many Christians, especially younger ones, think nothing of dropping a curse word or two into a conversation. They aren’t aware that God wants to be Lord of our speech.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths…Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking" (Ephesians 4:29; 5:4).

So let's make sure the words of our mouth are pleasing to our Lord 
(Psalm 19:14).

Here are a few other passages that command we use godly speech: 
Colossians 3:8Colossians 4:6;   Matthew 15:11
*Women's Day: Katie Couric on Cursing in Public
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20 comments:

  1. I have been on myself very hard lately to watch what I say! Thank you for writing this, loved it!

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  2. stress has a way of increasing the likelihood of cursing,(I'm speaking for myself) not to mention the environment you're around, military, "myself former prison official" Point is I know better, but its too easy for some to sound to holier than thou. granted I can't stand to hear it come from music,(its garbage) which is so disturbing, there is no reason for it. Right on Katie.

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  3. So true! Ephesians 4:29 is one of my favorite scriptures about unwholesome talk. :-)

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  4. Hi Gail, the ease with which people swear these days does freak me out a little. I think I will be more concerned when it doesn't bother me anymore. Great reminder to keep our speech clean.
    God bless my friend
    Tracy

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  5. This is an excellent post. In the mid-to-lat sixties (ok, so I'm dating myself) I was in a British Governement school where the profanity was so coarse that I could hardly stand it. I don't know where they had learned it because TV at the time was limited to after 5pm and not on all Saturday. I do remember that the British programs were coarser than the Americans. It used to be that a man would curb his tongue around a woman, but not anymore. Many people do not even realize that they are saying anything offensive as they have become so accustomed to speaking with curse words laced throughout.

    You are so right that many Christians do not realize that this is wrong and I think this post gently instructs.

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  6. Gail, we were just talking about this! My husband said that when he was in high school, {OK, it's been a few years!} the locker room and sports field were the 'swear zones', and the guys would never think to swear in front of a girl. {Not that that made it acceptable!} Now, the girls are just as coarse as the guys. It seems that the standard is set so low, few even recognize their speech as unacceptable. Thanks for the reminder of God's perspective on the words we use.
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  7. Yes, I agree that we live in a world where beauty has been lost in a world of darkness and despair and where even our words bring glory to the enemy of our souls! Over via Unite.
    Much love XX
    Mia

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    1. Sadly, this is true. However, your description is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your insight. God bless you.

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  8. I think this is a generational thing. Young men apologize to me if they swear around me, because I don't. But, young women, apparently, think it's ok. I once had a young man apologize to me, in advance, about a kareoke song he was about to perform. Then, he came over afterwards to see if I'd survived. "It's not that I haven't heard those words before," I told him. "It's that I've never heard anyone sing those words."

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  9. The F word and others are crude, however the ubiquitous and flippant OMG ought to be even more repulsive to lovers of God. Curses may be coarsening our culture by spreading filth on the surface, but OMG cuts right to the heart by offending God and minimizing him.

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    1. Many use "OMGoodness" doe just this reason!

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    2. I've been using "Oh Mylanta" too.

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  10. ~~~WHEN I FIRST GOT SAVED IN '73, FOR FOUR FULL YEARS I DID NOT SWEAR, THEN I STARTED OUT OF MARITAL STRESS, MY HUSBAND DID NOT SWEAR 4 FOUR YEARS TOO UNTIL I STARTED AND HE STARTED, HE WAS UPSET WITH ME, AND I NEED TO ASK GOD FOR HELP.~~~AND STOP.

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  11. Our country and culture has become more godless and secular and less God fearing.

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  12. As a child I saw a sign posted above the doorway to a tire shop that said, "Profanity is a sure sign of a small mind trying to express itself in a big way".

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  13. I went to a certain church for 7 years that taught us never to use words like Gosh or Heck, etc. In this new church I am in, these words are prevalent;
    no one is correcting them, not even the pastor who uses them too. Is something wrong with me? Am I a legalist??

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    1. Hi Jen,
      I think that some of these words may have first been used in place of cuss words, so some people feel they are simply "code" for those words. If that were true, they shouldn't be used.

      However, I don't think most people who use those words think of them as code words or even substitutes for cuss words. They are simply words of exclamation.

      I think they're like "cool" or "neat" - they don't actually denote temperature or orderliness. They are simply a positive affirmation.

      My mother, who was a sweet woman who would never have been accused of inappropriate language often said "Oh, heck" after laughing. I know that she wasn't thinking of or referring to hell.


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  14. God will free you from this sin of cursing but you must repent & actively participate in stopping. He will convict you & also if you truly want to stop, it will be wiped from your language.
    I have a friend who is not saved who’s every other word is using God’s name in vain. She is not concious she is doing it & it doesn’t bother her. I cringe each time as that is my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ whom she curses each time. It is painful to hear, she is lost & desperately needs saving. Repenting is key to being delivered from this sin.
    Wonderful message. Thank you. God Bless.

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