I think that swearing, cursing, or cussing (or whatever else you would like to call it) is a pretty big problem amongst Christians today. I know that I have slipped up and said a few choice words when being cut off in traffic or dropping something of value and breaking it! I have also noticed a new trend in swearing these days, ‘substitutionary swearing’…
What is ‘substitutionary swearing’ you might ask, well, it is just what it says. It is substituting a swear word or curse word for another word and using that instead. Some say that makes swearing ok, I would disagree. God knows our heart, it’s not the word, it’s the feeling or intention. Scripture is very clear on how we should speak and the results of what we say.
What you say can make you unclean:
What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.’ ” (Mat 15:11 NIV)
What we say reveals our heart:
“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.'”
(Mat 15:17-18 NIV)
So naturally we should:
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. (Col 3:8 NIV)
Here is a nice prayer that we can use to help us:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psa 19:14 NIV)
Let’s work to train ourselves so that we are in full control of what we say so that we have a clean heart!