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The words we speak and the way we express ourselves defines who we are. The way we communicate with others reveals our character. The words we use in our everyday lives really do have an important role; they reveal what rests in our hearts and indicate our values.

Scripture tells us that whatever is truly in our heart comes out of our mouth: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Luke 6:45) If goodness is in your heart then your mouth will speak good things. You will bless and not curse, you will speak righteousness and not wickedness, you will speak love and not hatred, you will speak faith and not fear and you will speak peace and not disorder. Your mouth will speak whatever dwells in your heart. An evil heart will speak evil things and righteous heart righteous things.

Filthy communications, profanity or swearing should not be something that rests in the heart of a born again believer. Those things died along with your old man when you were made a new creature in Christ. Along with a new spirit comes a new heart in which the love of God has been shed or poured out.

Profanity or swearing is sin. Remember that anything contrary to God’s Word is sin. Swearing is contrary to the Word of God. Words have supernatural power behind them and they are to be used with great care; many Christians do not realize this. After all, God created man in His own image. Our words, in fact, have so much power that they have the ability to affect life itself! Proverbs 18:21 confirms this: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (for death or for life)”.

Practiced wicked communications (swearing, negativity, gossip) will manifest and bring forth wicked fruit which is death. Wicked fruit is death because it’s a product of wicked communications which is sin and “the wages of sin is death.” (See Romans 6:23)
On the other hand practiced righteous communications or speech will manifest and bring forth good fruit which is life.

Now some might ask “What do you mean ‘practiced’ wicked communications?” Well, let me explain: every time we perform an action we’re practicing something. Our skills will increase the more we do something whether we are trying to improve at it or not. Every time you allow a filthy communication or a “swear word” to come from your mouth you are actually training your mind to use that word or phrase; your practicing it.

If something is frequently practiced it will become habit. Your mind will store that word or phrase for uses in certain situations. Whenever those situations occur, you’ll use that practiced and stored “swear” word. Therefore if we are not careful when choosing our words it’s easy for us to fall into the trap of practicing wicked communications, submitting to sin, and bringing forth the fruit of wickedness which is death.

Know that evil is never content with what it has accomplished, it always wants more, so we know that one practiced evil word can easily lead to many practiced evil words. Have you ever noticed someone who can’t speak a sentence without swearing; someone who has replaced many of their commonly used words with ‘swear words’? Well they didn’t become that way over night; it was developed and practiced over a period of time.

Evil communications and swearing must be completely eliminated from our vocabulary. 1 Peter 3:10 declares, "For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech." We have really missed this for a number of years. Something as simple as our speech can influence the number of years we live upon this earth!

Our words reveal multitudes about who we are. Swearing gives bad impressions, endangers relationships, reveals a lack in character, sets a bad example for others, confirms that you don’t have self control and implies or suggests lack of intelligence on your behalf. Swearing not only affects us individually but socially as well. It can lead to violence or be a sign of hostility, it contributes to the decline of general respect for others around us, it makes many uncomfortable, it turns discussions into arguments and promotes ignorance. Swearing even corrupts our very language! It replaces other more valuable and meaningful words, it doesn’t communicate clearly, and shows lack of imagination.

Being born into this world, many of us were first trained by the world. The television, radio, internet, computer games and many other outlets of information (or disinformation) have indeed corrupted our language. The world will tell you that it is ok for an adult to swear, after all (they say) words are just words and don’t really have “true” meaning. That is simply not true however, words have true meaning because they have true power; words can build up and create or tear down and destroy.

Words that destroy; wicked words, have no place in our vocabulary. “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” (Colossians 3:8)

Ephesians 4:29 says, "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." Again, the Bible tells us we are to speak only that which is good. We are to use our mouths to build up and create, not to destroy.

Gossip and rumors must stop. "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” (Psalms 34:13) Gossip and rumors are a major concern to God, in fact gossiping is sin. There is a difference between having a conversation with others and gossiping to others. Gossip runs rampant in our society, especially in schools and the workplace. In this area we must learn to watch our mouths and quiet ourselves when the urge to speak out against others comes. "The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly." (Proverbs 18:8) Always keep in mind that death and life are in the power of your words.

When it comes to change, remember that many of us will have to retrain our mouths because they have been trained by the world to speak negativity, evil, destruction and death. Retraining your thinking and speaking may take time. Retraining means you must turn and fight against old (satan) habits and turn to new (God) ones. Retraining your words means renewing your mind. What you must renew your mind to is the Word of God. You have to get satan’s thoughts out and God’s thoughts in. This will in turn put God’s words in your mouth and kick satan’s out.

Our words and actions affect others around us, especially children. Many parents tell their children not to swear when they swear themselves. These children eventually adopt the habits and lifestyle of their parents. Parents are a child’s number one roll model. It’s impossible to expect a child to turn from the very thing the parents are demonstrating to them on a daily basis (whether words or actions). It’s crucial for parents to practice what they teach and preach, especially when it comes to their children. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

It’s extremely important for us honor God with our words and not blaspheme Him. The 3rd commandment tells us: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7) Do not use your mouth to ever damn God. If you do this for any reason repent immediately. Hearing someone damn God is like fire in the ears of a believer, and if not it should be. You do not damn someone you truly love. If you truly love God you will keep His commandments. If you keep God’s commandments you won’t damn Him. It’s as simple as that.

James 3:9-12 gives us another perspective on mouth control: "With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water."

Is it proper for filthy communication to come out of the same mouth we praise the Almighty with? Certainly not. Remember that what you sow, you shall also reap. This doesn’t just apply to our actions but words as well. If you sow evil speech like negativity, filth, and perversion you are going to reap that which you have sown.

Finally friends, we must know when to hold our tongues because others around us are judging us by how we speak. In James 1:26 the Bible tells us we can discern who it is that a man or woman serves by how they speak. “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.” If we believe that we can rattle off any old word we want to while still serving God we are truly deceiving ourselves. A saint of God must know how to speak, when to speak, when not to speak and what they can speak. Keeping our speech clean before God and man is something that is to be practiced daily. Eventually it will become habit and struggling with evil words and filthy communications will no longer be a problem. Continually learning and growing in the ways of God: it’s what ever Christian should strive to accomplish!

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