I was not sure whether to title today’s blog Cussing or Cursing. I believe the Merriam-Webster accepts both. I certainly couldn’t title it Profanity because this is C Week. No matter what we call it, they all involve the words that come out of our mouth. In Matthew 12:36, Jesus said that one day we’ll all have to give an account of every idle word we’ve spoken. Don’t let that scare you because, in Christ, your place in Heaven is secure. However, the more careless we’ve been with our words in our lifetime, the greater our embarrassment will be on that day.
And speaking of C week, I was reminded last night that I was guilty of doing something one of our recent memory verses told us not to. By announcing that I was going to write topics all week that start with the letter C, I carelessly implied that I know I’ll be around on Friday. None of us knows that. Hopefully, next time I’ll be careful to add “God willing.”
I was reading James, Chapter 3 yesterday where we are told about the difficulty of controlling the tongue. One notable verse in it says: Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (James 3:10 KJV) Obviously, James was addressing other believers. I hope I don’t sound too sanctimonious, but I cringe every time I am subjected to the excessive use of four letter words. I choose to believe that most Christians do too. It bothers me even more when the ones using foul language are professing Christians. These are not necessarily bad people and neither are they worse than the rest of us, but when we use this type of language, it is very dishonoring to God.
I closed my personal account with Facebook a couple of years ago primarily for that reason. To me, it had become mostly a gossip page and a platform for people to express themselves with four letter words and coarse references. To make it worse, some of them were church and family members. I just could not believe that they were not aware that other church or family members were reading every word they were writing. How could they not sense that their words were embarrassing and bringing disrespect to all they are related to? This includes their parents, grandparents, and church, but even more important, Christ. Lets refrain from using bad language. If we belong to Jesus, we’re better than that.
Memory verse for the week: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have : for He hath said , I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.(Hebrews 13:5 KJV)