Wholesome Speech: Shining Like Stars in Our Fallen Culture

Christ gave us a strong warning about our words which we must not forget. This 1-minute devotion explains.

Remember when mild cuss words were deleted from TV and radio? 

It was nice. It didn't make shows or songs one bit less interesting. Quite the contrary. 

But things have changed. Americans are now comfortable with profanity: 72% of men and 58% of women swear in public. In one study, 64% admitted they use the F-word (source).

But God hasn't changed. He still expects Christians to "censor" all bad language from our speech. In our "warped and crooked generation," we are commanded to "shine among them like stars in the sky" (Philippians 2:14-15).

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." Ephesians 5:8-11

"Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth." Ephesians 4:29 (AMPC)

The verses above should convict us to clean up our speech, but here's this additional word from Jesus: "Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken." Matthew 12:36 

Now that's a verse worth "chewing on."

To do a short Bible study on this devotion see the Bite Size Study: Does Your Speech Reflect the Light of Christ? I also encourage you to read the one-minute devotion The F-Word and Wholesome Christian Speech.


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Christ gave us a strong warning about our words which we must not forget. This 1-minute devotion explains.

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  1. Hummm.... no empty words here.
    This is great advice!
    Makes you stop and think.

  2. a wonderful advice on how to really stop and think real hard, Gail! thanks for sharing this.