Monday’s Musings #260 & Watching Our Tongue (Don’t Cuss)

 Watching Our Tongue (Don't Cuss) & Monday's Musings #260 | What Joy Is Mine

I have a few Christian friends who use cuss words on occasion. We are called not to judge (Matthew 7:1,2) and this post is not about judging, but more about: is cussing a good and clear representation of Jesus Christ in our heart? I will not be pointing out specific cuss words because we all know what they are. Keep in mind, the following post is my own opinion based on Scripture I have read.

When I hear fellow believers use cuss words, I am reminded of James 1:26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” Bridle here is used as “to hold in check or to restrain.” Our tongue, or speech, ought to be reviewed carefully as what we say points to our Christian faith. Our faith is not about just hearing the word but by living it. One way we show this is by bridling the tongue which is one proof of our personal relationship with the Lord. Discretion in speech ought to be the obvious choice knowing others are listening and judging for themselves if we truly love Jesus or not.

Honestly friends, cuss words are found to be offensive and unnecessary. They do not glorify the Lord or edify others. We are commanded to “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) David Guzik comments the following on this verse, “The new man knows how to watch his tongue, speaking only what is good for necessary edification, desiring to impart grace to all who hear him.” He quotes F.F. Bruce that corrupt talk is “Not only obscene vulgarity but slanderous and contemptuous talk.”

It is hard for me to see how cussing, casually, jokingly or out of anger or irritation, possibly reflects Christ in our life? How do those words make anyone think of Jesus? Luke 6:45 says, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What we store in our heart is what will proceed out of our mouth. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

So, does using foul language really have a godly purpose? 1 Timothy 4:12 tells us, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Although this verse may be addressing young people, it ought to be true of all Christians. A pure heart should proceed a pure tongue. As believers, we should be setting the example in speech at all times.

Our language should be more about hallowing than profaning, The meditation of our heart ought to be this, “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.” (Psalm 35:28)  Another verse on speech that teaches hallowing is from Psalm 119, verses 171 and 172, “My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” 

Something to think about, cussing draws attention to oneself, not to God. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness.” (2 Peter 1:5.6) By practicing self control in speech, we will be more intentional in what we say. By remembering that our words can lead others to see Jesus in our life or make them question our faith, we ought to be sure that our words reflect our Christian walk.

One final thought is this, Matthew 12:36 says, “I tell you, 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.” Words are powerful so choose them wisely because one day we will give an account for the words we’ve chosen to speak. Do you think cussing has a purpose in the speech of Christians? Please be kind in your response.

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  1. says

    This is so important. If your cussing you are speaking with Satan’s mouth. It just won’t work if you are trying to live as a citizen of heaven. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    Naomi – I agree with your assessment of watching our mouth and the question you ask about cussing? Is it glorifying to God. My mom and I were just having this discussion the other day, and how it now seems to be more commonplace and even accepted. I am not perfect and will admit that on occasion, in a burst of frustration or anger I have cussed. However, I do not believe it is right, nor do I believe it edifies Christ. I repented, asked forgiveness, and knew it was an issue in my heart. Thanks for taking on such a deep topic today, and for hosting.
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    • says

      Debbie…Grateful for your transparency here. It is disconcerting that I have read of pastors/clergymen cussing at the pulpit. It is mind blowing to me. Anyhow, I am glad you shared your thoughts and story. God gets the glory for laying it on my heart to blog about it. Have a blessed week. :-)

  3. says

    I wholeheartedly agree and am wholeheartedly convicted! But for the grace of God would we all be condemned! Whether it is cussing, or gluttony, or gossiping, or lying, unforgiveness, legalism, hypocrisy, any and every sin of commission or omission, we all stand condemned apart from the gospel. That’s why God knew we would never be perfect but need a Savior to live the life we cannot. Thank you Jesus for saving wretches like us- equally sinful compared to a Holy God. Thank you Jesus for the hope we all have to fight against our own personal besetting sins. Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Amen! Our speech and the words we use are a clear picture of where we are in our walk with Christ. Using profane speech is unnecessary — the Bible says His praise should continually be upon our lips (Psalm 34:1). My parents have instilled a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to our verbal interactions with others, reminding us that our speech should always bring glory to our Lord. In our home, we even try to avoid the polite “Christian cuss words” — those words that we like to use instead of other explicit terms. Everyone knows what we are really saying, and so very often we don’t need to use such language. Thank you for writing on this topic, as it can be a sensitive issue! May God bless you!

    • says

      Kaitlyn…Love Psalm 34:1. And right you are about the “soft cuss words” Christians use. The intent is still the same. I appreciate your comment here. Thank you. :-)

  5. Heidi Jones says

    great post! great thoughts…something that really concerns me also! thanks for sharing and for hosting another great linkup!

  6. says

    I’ve personally found that one of the fastest and surest ways to mark yourself as a Christian these days is to simply avoid bad language and inappropriate topics. Sad to say that it’s that rare in our world but clearly it is. Thanks for a good post!

    • says

      Georgia…I agree. Being mindful of our words ought to be something we practice. And it is a rarity. Grateful to have you here. :-)

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