Question and Answer.
“With all the foul language cluttering TV, movies and music, how should the Christian react? I know it’s wrong to take the name of God in vain but what about earthly expressions?”
“But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.” – Colossians 3:8 (New American Standard Bible)
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29 (New American Standard Bible)
Words are tools of communication. It’s interesting that people are more scrupulous about their keeping their garden tools or kitchen utensils clean. Jesus had a great deal to say about our speech and how it affects us and our relationship with God and other people.
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:36, 37
Listening to some “celebrities” “talk” or “sing”, it would seem that many people take delight in seeing just how filthy their language can be. My parents ingrained into me that such speech is a sign of immaturity, ignorance and an inability to express one’s thoughts in an intelligent way.
The Christian should choose his words carefully, “so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6b). Words can heal, hurt, harm, build up or tear down. They can be useful tools or destructive weapons. It’s a shame when a Christian mouth is not praising God but spouting verbal garbage. . .
“the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. . . With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way” – James 3:6, 9, 10
Working and living among those who use foul language makes it difficult for the Christian. But we can keep our hearts and minds from being corrupted by the assault of verbal filth. It takes constant effort. With the Lord’s help, we can do it.
Fill your heart with the right stuff and your words will reflect that: “the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34b). The apostle Paul gives us a clue about how to do this . . .
“Christian brothers, keep your minds thinking about whatever is true, whatever is respected, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever can be loved, and whatever is well thought of. If there is anything good and worth giving thanks for, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 (New Life Version)
If we fill our hearts with foul thoughts, our words will show it. If we fill our hearts with right thoughts, our words will show that.
How should Christians “react” to the filthy language he hears? The answer to that is basic to real Christian living: the Christian must not “react” to the world at all. We are to “act” on the world, not “react”.
We must pattern ourselves after Jesus, who refused to let the world determine what He said or what He did. Regardless of how others acted toward Him (or around Him), Jesus maintained the right attitude and acted accordingly. So must we!
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