On cursing…and swearing

We know it is not good to curse/cuss and swear. Or do we?

Something drops from your hands suddenly and unexpectedly….
A fellow motorist cuts you off in traffic…
Your boss has given you a deadline and right smack in the middle of your assignment she calls your attention for a rather mundane matter…

Four letter words. Expletives. Single syllables. It happens so fast you barely have a chance to stop your tongue before the word rolls out.

You may feel guilty at one point or another and probably give up on feeling guilty seeing “everyone else does it”. Really?

I saw a tweet some weeks ago where someone asked if it was possible to drive and not swear. Answers retweeted showed that the majority of his followers did not think it was possible.

Now let’s ponder on the following.

It is possible to not swear/curse/cuss (or whatever funky word it has been limited to these days). Yes it is.

By 2 Corinthians 5:17 if any man be in Christ he is a new creature with old things having passed away and all things becoming new. Do we feel our language/diction is exempted? Should our vocabulary remain the same or should it change? Should we still be uttering the same words we have always uttered with our old sinful hearts that ought to have passed away?

Paul the apostle admonishes us to put away the old man (sinful nature) and his works (words). Is cursing one of the deeds of the old man? Most definitely.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks – Jesus Christ.

If the Holy Spirit inhabits your vessel, does He curse? Galatians 5:22 tells us clearly about His fruits. Is cursing one of them? Can cursing and gentleness and peace co-exist? Think on these things.

Let your speech be seasoned with salt.

“Every idle word that man shall speak he shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” – Jesus Christ. Matthew 12:36. Do we believe Him or not?

It amazes me when Christians do not see anything wrong in using profane words. It ought not to be part of our make-up. The key question here would be if Christ were in this same situation would He use expletives? I think not.

By John 1:12 we are sons and daughters of God and are called by His name. Do we understand the gravity of these words? Do we believe them? Can we beat our chests in utter assurance that God cannot lie? If yes, why then do we see ourselves as any less than He sees us?

Kings and Queens do not speak carelessly. The words of a King are weighty. Well thought out. Considered. The King always has the last word. After everyone else has aired his mind they look up to the King to hear what he has to say on the matter. If you know you are a King should your words not be cut accordingly? Should you speak without thinking? How can words of command, blessing and cursing all proceed from our mouths?  Do we not know that our mouths are for praising God and God deserves the best parts of us?

It is never too late to make changes and make ourselves better and fit for the Master’s use. We can ask for His grace while we consciously decide that swearing and cursing are not heavenly languages. We can decide to indeed lace our speech with salt.

Let us ponder on Philippians 4:8.

Until next time, stay blessed.




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  1. Pingback: Is cursing or swearing a sin? | Youth Ignited for Christ Ministries

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