Jesus and the apostles warned us about perilous times before the second coming of our Lord. As believers we are aware that the Bible tells us the love of many will grow cold and morals will plummet. There is one special area I want to address to help us stay close to Jesus and avoid the downward spiral so prevalent in the world. This involves the words we use. We need to especially watch what we say when it comes to foul language and cursing. The Apostle Paul said, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6). I find it distressing to hear believers carelessly compromising with vulgar language. Pardon my saying so, but I find the use of the “F” word demeaning and offensive. Are we to pick up garbage language just because others are okay with this? And, why in the world would we go on social media and write filthy words? Words are powerful—as a witness for good or an influence for evil. In Ephesians 4:29 Paul declares, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Every day we have an amazing opportunity to use uplifting, wholesome words that bring hope and life to others. Let’s not poison the well by mixing it with cursing and degrading language. Sometimes before reaching a company representative on the phone, I hear a recording telling me, “This call is being recorded for training purposes.” What if we lived believing that everything we say will be broadcast for all to hear? Jesus said in Luke 12:3, “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” As a follower of Christ, dare to different…and let it start with your mouth!
Pastor Mark Boucher