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DON’T USE FOUL LANGUAGE

We live in a world where foul language is the order of the day. I remember watching the news back when they would bleep out foul language. That is not true today. Right in the middle of a news broadcast, I have heard obscene and foul words. To make matters worse, there are believers who use foul language. I have often said that foul language does not have to be profanity. It can be words as simple as “dumb” and “stupid”. These words do not edify anyone or give glory to God. I am not trying to be “holier than thou” when I say this, for many have been hurt with words that pierce the spirit. We must be careful to what and how we speak. Our children learn so much from listening to the words of parents and adults. The Word of God speaks of avoiding foul language. Ephesians 4:29 is our scripture lesson today.

 “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

In this scripture, Paul writes of living as children of light. In this chapter, he speaks of avoiding telling lies and not letting anger control you. He also says do not let the sun go down on your anger, giving a foothold to the devil.  Paul precisely says to avoid foul and abusive language, let all you say be good, pleasant, and meaningful. Do not bring sorrow to the holy spirit by the way you live. Avoid profanity, let every word from your mouth give glory to God and edify our brothers and sisters.