In this time that we live, following trends and being trendy is very common especially among youngsters. It is considered COOL to be following the latest trends. Using foul or vulgar language is considered very trendy and cool. The social media and even the visual media promotes this to a great extent. Most of the web series and movies that we like to watch is filled with abusive / bad language. It is glorified and promoted such that people think it is normal to use those words. Is it okay to follow trends like these blindly? Well, everyone does it and considers it cool does not mean it is always the right thing to do.
Let us open the treasure book to find out more about this.
OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK
Clue 1: Is it okay to use bad words?
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?James 3:9-12
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.Ephesians 4:29
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.Colossians 3:8
The word of God is our ultimate manual on how to life. It clearly instructs us not to use filthy language. Because we use our mouth to praise God and worship Him. With the same mouth we should not speak cursing words or abusive language to people who are created in the likeness of God. As how a source of fresh water only gives fresh water and not bitter water, we should not speak abusive or bad words that are bitter before God. Unwholesome or corrupt words should not be spoken but only those words that builds or edifies others. So be watchful of the words that you speak. Following trends and going behind them should not cost us our relationship with God and eventually, eternity.
It is not okay to speak abusive / corruptive words, because we use the same mouth to bless our father, our God.
Clue 2: Consequences of filthy language
He also loved cursing, and it came [back] to him; He did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.Psalms 109:17, Amplified
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out.Proverbs 10:31
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of 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
As we learned in “Speaking right“, the words that we speak are powerful. Life and death are in the power of tongue and those who love it will eat it’s fruit. Perverse tongue is a sign of unrighteousness. If we use filthy language, we are not in right standing with God. Those who love to use cursing words must beware, for the word of God confirms that the curses that they speak will definitely come back to them. Moreover, for every careless word that we speak, even if it is spoken just for fun, we are accountable before God. Depending on the words that we speak, we will be either justified or condemned.
Clue 3: Desirable language
“He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.1 Peter 3:10
Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.1 Peter 3:10
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.Colossians 4:6
We should refrain ourselves from speaking evil, if we wish to have a good life and if we wish to be in right standing with God. We should keep ourselves from speaking filthiness, foolish talks and vulgar talks even if it is spoken only for fun or for amusing others. Our speech should always be with grace, like a seasoning that is used for food which gives it the flavor and taste. Our graceful speech will complement our character – the icing on top, fitting rightly for a child of God.
Abusive / filthy / foul language should not be used even for the purpose of amusing others / fun or for following trends.
Bad language is a sign of unrighteousness and it has consequences. We are accountable before God for every idle word that we speak.
As how seasoning adds flavor and taste to food, our graceful speech adds flavor to our character.
Always speak right. Do not use foul language to follow trends or to show-off in front of others. It costs us our relationship with God. Consciously refrain yourselves from them. And speak wholesome and fruitful words with grace, giving thanks to God, praising Him and encouraging / building others as is fitting for a child of God.
Father, thank you for teaching us that the use of bad language is not right even for joking. Holy Spirit, awaken our consciousness and help us to refrain from evil talking. Help us to always speak graciously as is fitting for a child of God. In Jesus name, Amen.