Purity Not Profanity

Matthew 12:34-36 NIV - You brood of vipers [manipulative, envious, false accusers], how can you who are evil say anything good?  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Out of the abundance of the heart, the fingers text and post on social media.  What does your text stream or social media stream reveal about your heart?  Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth also sings. Do the songs you sing reveal a Spirit-filled heart or glorify ungodliness?  

Matthew 15:10-11 NCV - After Jesus called the crowd to him, he said, “Listen and understand what I am saying. 11 It is not what people put into their mouths that makes them unclean. It is what comes out of their mouths that makes them unclean.”

Jesus indicates that our words are powerful and have possible consequences, including the ability to defile us.  Though cuss words in general (without any knowledge of the context, audience, or intent) are not necessarily as harmful or evil as other hateful, slanderous, gossipy, or lying words, when God’s people communicate - shouldn’t it be in a way that does not intentionally show contempt or disregard for people and social norms?  Because we are ambassadors of Christ, the world we are called to reach has basic expectations of decency from us regardless of the theological questions we may have about using foul language.  It is especially unacceptable to use profanity to blaspheme God or to show contempt for those created in God’s image.  The power of communication is amazing. Be intentional about using that power to honor God and bless others! 

Ephesians 4:29-30 NLT -  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. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.  Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 

Ephesians 5:4 NLT - Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 

LCC Talk:  Love by Clean Conversation. Promote the pure not the profane.