Clean Language

I can understand why one would want to use profanity in their speech, perhaps. It probably gives them a little thrill of excitement when their speech is colorful, but it only gives me a feeling of disgust when I hear it and I can imagine how God feels to hear it come out of the mouth of one who is supposed to be serving Him.

I know one cannot live a godly life when they are going around using God’s name in vain or using words and language that may thrill them, but only disgusts most when they hear it. Ephesians 4:29 says: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

We are to learn to speak that which will uplift or encourage and edify or buildup in the faith, not that which is base and corrupt and makes one think the speaker is serving Satan and is obsessed with lusting after the flesh or has their mind full of dark and sinful thoughts that can only be expressed in the basest of ways.

Using sexual language in our everyday speech is ungodly and corrupt, bent on reducing all things to the level of wild animals that cannot seek the higher things of God. We are created in God’s image and not in the image of the animal kingdom, as some think today. If we are to serve God and live a godly life we will eliminate speech from our lips that seeks to reduce us all to the level of those without a soul: godless and serving gladly (if their speech is any indication) Satan, instead of God.

So, if we use profanity even slightly in our day-to-day speech, we must learn to eliminate it so that we can better serve the living God. Colossians 3:8 says: “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

We are to put off these things when we put on the new man. Ephesians 4:25 says: ”  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” If the new man is to live for righteousness and true holiness, surely we can see that profanity has no place in our lives.

This type of speech does not edify others but it seeks to tear others down and place them on the level that, presumably, the speaker is already on. If we are to live righteousness and holiness we will not do this and must learn to temper our speech so that it does not reflect ungodliness, unrighteousness and sin.

We have seen some scriptures that tell us not to speak such, so we know that it is a sin to do so. We must seek to eliminate this sin from our lives. Let’s show by our speech whose side we are on by speaking the things of God, not profanity.

Too, we are told to not use the Lord’s name in vain. That is to use it in such a way that only shows vanity on our part and does not edify or glorify God. Going around saying Jesus or God as an exclamatory statement is using God’s name in vain.

Basically, any way we use the words God, or Jesus, or even Lord, that does not glorify our God and our Savior is vain and should not be done. Also, see James 3:9-13. If we are to be wise we will only let good conversation come out of our mouths and we will not curse man or God.

This is not just a suggestion here by James but a commandment that lets us know that if we are to be pleasing to God we will carry on good conversations and not ones that are full of profanity, cursing, vanity, oaths and the like.

Colossians 4:6 says:  “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” If we are to speak with grace this surely excludes profanity, so let’s work to get it completely out of our speech.

May God bless and keep you until next time.

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