It’s always good to choose appropriate language. I offer six reasons to control; and even better to eliminate the worse kinds of words from your vocabulary.
1.Spoken words create an atmosphere. 2Timothy2:16 teaches the atmosphere created by ‘certain’ words is ungodliness and irreverence to God. Just like the atmosphere of earth facilitates life, allowing all animate things to live and thrive, what do you think thrives in profanity’s atmosphere? The answer can be determined with a simply test. Think of the times when you either experienced violence, or watched violence on television—what came out of the mouths of the people involved just before, or while in, or doing violence? In the vast number of cases--it was profanity. Profanity facilitates at atmosphere for violence.
2.Profanity also known as ‘cussing’, which is slang for ‘cursing’. Dictionary.com defines ‘curse’: to invoke evil upon; a wish of misfortune; to blaspheme; to afflict with evil. Do you want to do this to another human being—or have it done to you? Is there any wonder profanity facilitates violence?
3.Profanity is one way the flesh is released. The Bible uses the term “flesh” as another name for man’s sin nature. If you are not aware, the sin nature is a diabolical evil!! Galatians 6:8 says, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption…” Profanity both stirs-up, and releases the sin nature in both the user and the hearers. To couple the image and likeness of God with man’s sin nature can create a monster of epic proportions—Nimrod and the tower of Babel in Genesis 11 is one example.
4.Profanity often reveals hypocrisy. People who use profanity contend it’s natural when you’re angry. However, they find a way to control the use of their tongues--when certain people are present!!! I repeat, the same people that declare cussing is natural, will not cuss, if they are in certain places, or with certain people.
5.Profanity reveals a small vocabulary. Interestingly, I have found there are only about seven words designated as profanity (H,D,S,B,B,A,F). No human has to use profanity when they have a vocabulary sufficient to use other words to express anger.
6.Finally, profanity facilitates blasphemy. There 4 types of blasphemy mentioned in the Bible, one of those types trivializes God’s name! For example, after stubbing your toe, to use the word ‘God’; or to use the word ‘God’ with another cuss word--trivializes His great name! In other words, instead of calling on God’s Name to save (redemptive purposes), His name is used as a cuss word; or with a cuss word!
On the contrary, the names of God depict His nature…which is foundational to His covenants, His word, and His promises! To trivialize any of these is to trivializes God’s nature, i.e. God Himself---which is blasphemy!
To highlight this point, I find it most fascinating that people often use the word ‘God’ with their profanity?* Have you ever wondered why?!?! On the contrary, I have never heard a person stub their toe and shout “Muhammad!”, while jumping around holding a foot! Yet, the words ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ are often unconsciously spoken in fits of human rage! This is obviously one of Satan’s greatest deceptions!
In ‘Jesus Name’ we: pray(Jn16:23,24); are saved(Rom10:13); live, and move, and have our being(Acts17:28)!! Every knee will bow, and every tongue confess to the Name of Jesus(Phil1:10,11)!! In fact, ‘in’ the Name of Jesus, all of God’s Names revealed in the OT are consummated! All that God has given to man, and has for man—comes through the Name of Jesus! And people have the audacity to use the greatness of His Name to cuss when they stub their toe?!?! I don’t think so!
Remember two important points:
1.God spoke the world into existence! Therefore, faith is released by words! Or said another way, your words reveal your faith! And, only faith pleases God(Heb11:6)!!!
2.And “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (Pro18:21)
Profanity is neither trite…nor funny!
*Or, they use the word ‘Holy’, or some other Biblical word—when they cuss!
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. -Rudyard Kipling