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Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander; and filthy language from your mouth.” Colossians 3:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Christians should not use filthy language”
This morning we will continue our lesson from yesterday about the importance of taking responsibility for our language. As the followers of Jesus, we are not to use profanity, mean or hateful words, or even crude language.
The Bible is pretty clear about this. Yesterday we read two passages which teach this (Colossians 4:6 and James 3:9-10). I just cited another one above (Colossians 3:8). I’m about to quote three more. That’ll be six, but I could list more. The point is, there’s a body of Biblical literature which teaches that we, the people of God, are not to use profanity or mean and hurtful speech.
“No foul language should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 “Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.” Ephesians 5:4
This issue of using strong, foul, and profane language, along with crude jokes and suggestive innuendos, is becoming more and more of a problem. The political and social atmosphere in our country is overheated and supercharged. Too many Christians are allowing their passionate advocacy for political and social issues to stoke their emotions and incite them to strong and inappropriate language. This should not be. The Bible doesn’t allow for it.
As was noted yesterday, we can and should and must advocate for Biblical principles in the social and political arenas. We should be active in and vocal about political and social issues. But we have to control our emotions and our language as we’re doing so. My book “Getting Along Without Going Along” is about that very thing. If you would like a copy, message or email me.
How do we get to the point where we can confidently and even passionately contend for our positions but without letting our emotions and our language get away from us? Here’s a prayer King David prayed that you could make your own. You could pause and pray it before you speak: “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
Prayerfully ask God to set an angelic guard over your mouth. Make that your repeated prayer. Then, as Paul instructed in Colossians 3:8, put away filthy language from your mouth. This is a matter of personal responsibility.
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