My name is Meg and I have a problem with swearing. Now, it’s not as bad as it used to be, but the words that come out of my mouth are still not stellar.
Anyone who knows me knows this to be true. I’m sure they would agree that the F-word is the favorite and most colorful word that can comes out of my mouth. Argh….
Unfortunately, swearing is a VERY hard habit to break and sometimes it seems that the four-letter-words just slip out. Then, once I start cussing, the swear words are every other word and I’m back to the foul-mouthed Meg from my youth.
Having children has helped considerably with this habit, but hasn’t stopped it completely. I find that when I’m tired, frustrated, angry or depressed my mouth runs faster than my brain and it usually doesn’t consider the audience or the SIN.
The Bible is full of verses that discuss the garbage that comes out of our mouths. Hence, I should be very cognizant of the words I use in order to be obedient. Plus, aren’t I striving to be a good example for my children and others around me? Uh oh….
“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” Colossians 3:8
My filthy vocabulary actually makes me look ignorant and childish with a lack of imagination. It might feel powerful coming out of my mouth, but that’s where the power ends. Instead, foul and obscene language invites evil into my heart and adds fuel to the devil’s hold over me. Why would I want to make the devil’s job easier?
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
Sinful habits are hard to break, so what do I do??
- Own and accept my sin and the shame it gives me. Obviously, I’m confessing to the world of my terrible problem, so I guess this is owning it 😮
- Release the shame of my sin to Christ who took my shame with him when he died on the cross. I need to ask for forgiveness and take advantage of Christ’s sacrifice.
- Leave my life of sin…not so easy, but doable with God’s help. I need to ask Him to keep evil thoughts out of my head and keep evil words from spilling out of my MOUTH!!
In Matthew 12:36-37 we are informed that “on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” I do not want to have to explain why I never cleaned up my act!!
Plus, in 1Peter 3:10 we are advised that whoever desires to love life and see good days should keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. I’m pretty sure swear words is on this list.
So, I guess I’ll be using my family’s current list of four-letter-words that don’t qualify in the sin category. They include, but are not limited to: kiss my big toe and eat liver, sugar, dad gum, blasted, holy moly guacamole and my favorite…eat a bug.
We are not perfect. What sin in your life do you need to let God help you with?
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.