JM’s Journal: Should a Christian Speak Profanity?

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Should a Christian Speak Profanity?

Not Letting Any Corrupt Word Come Out of Your Mouth

by J.M. Troppello

I saw a tweet on Twitter from a Pastor where he said Christians should stop cursing. As you’d expect, he received a wide variety of responses. Some people said cursing is okay and the Bible doesn’t say profanity is wrong. Others agreed that it was wrong to curse. I’ve included several Scripture verses in this article showing what the Bible says about profanity.

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Eph. 4:29, NKJV)

My mom was strongly against swearing. She didn’t allow it in the home when my siblings and I were younger. I refrained from swearing back then. When I became an adult and lived on my own, I admit that I did swear occasionally. I obviously felt bad about it – especially because of my strict upbringing.

4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. (Eph. 5:4, NKJV)

My husband and I have been married for 18 years. During the early years of our marriage, we argued a lot. I think that happened because we both were older when we got married and had already lived on our own. We were both set in our ways. We have opposite personalities. I had anger issues in my teens and twenties, and I was still working through that problem with God’s help once we got married. I freely admit that a lot more profanity slipped out of my mouth – especially during our arguments – than I’d like to have happened. My husband had similar issues. We didn’t swear in public, but only in private at home.

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. (James 1:26, NKJV)

Through the years, God has tamed our tongues. We’ve both discussed this issue. We’ve prayed about it individually and as a couple. We didn’t want profanity to have a hold on us.

8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. (James 3:8-10, NKJV)

I can say truthfully that my husband and I are much better with this issue of profanity. Every now and then, we slip up – mostly if we have an argument. For me personally, if I mess up and swear, I immediately regret it, say sorry to God, and ask Him to forgive me.

8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. (Col. 3:8, NKJV)

If you’ve read my articles before, you know that I’m not trying to be accusatory or preachy in my content. I am a flawed individual who is saved by the grace of God. I’m a work in progress just like everyone else. I’m only sharing my personal journey here with you. The older I get, the more I want to grow in my relationship with the Lord. I want to deepen the communion I have with God.

6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (Col. 4:6, NKJV)

I’m sharing this article simply because I want all believers to live up to their full potential in the Lord. That includes having your speech always with grace, seasoned with salt. You shouldn’t have filthy language coming out of your mouth. That’s not a good witness of the Gospel. It’s not a witness of a life that is changed by Jesus.

Now, just a final reminder that I’m not judging anyone. I’m in the same boat as all of you. I’ve shared my testimony here in this area of growth as a Christian. Let’s all encourage each other to do better and continue to grow in our relationships with the Lord.

Do you have a similar problem with profanity like I did?

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JM Troppello Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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