Have you ever wondered if what you are saying is pleasing unto God or men? Well, you will know that you are only pleasing mankind when there is foul language coming out of your mouth, but this will not be the case with God. My friends, if you often use profanity, you are only grieving the Holy Spirit. The goodness of God is not in you, but only your old man/woman is acting up. Therefore, you must put down all evil speaking for God’s sake, or else you are not a true Christian or follower of Jesus. A follower would want to do God’s will and listen to what the Word of God says and apply it to their lives. Therefore, do this and learn from Paul, as he said, 1“let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32) You see, he mentions corrupt communication and evil speaking here, which is not good for anyone to hear. Instead, you should be seeking God’s forgiveness for cussing. And what is worse is that saying of my God is also blaspheming God. So repent for swearing and using the name of the Lord God in vain. Your soul could be at stake of going to hell if your life is not in line with God. People may not think that using foul language is evil, but my friends, if it is grieving the Holy Spirit, then it is also making God upset. And if we are making God upset, then we are not on His side, but the world.
Paul is a great teacher in the Bible and not only taught the people in Ephesus about repenting of our evil speaking, but also when he wrote a letter to the Colossians. You see, the church had some people still living their old lives, while saying corrupt things to people, and God needed to correct them, as he does to us also through His words. He said, 2“mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” (Colossians 3:5-10) We may have once walked and talked like everyone else did, but all this is given up for the Lord, as Paul said. In this new transformed life in Christ, we are able to say and do things much differently. Where we once used filthy communication with others, God is now helping us treat others with respect, kindness, and love. Instead of anger filling our hearts, of which causes us to say things we shouldn’t, we’ve allowed the love of God to fill our lives. So listen to God and 1“put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” (Ephesians 4:22,23) If you do this, then darkness will leave your life and you will be lit up in the light of Christ. Be an example of the faith, starting today.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for every person who currently has a problem with using profanity. I know how wrong this it, for it grieves the Spirit in me when people are using it. If only people could understand the importance of the Holy Spirit, then they would no longer be using evil speaking, but by seeking to say and do as You would have for their lives. There would be a transformation in people’s lives, if they could just allow You to rip from their hearts and minds every form of cussing, talking down to people, crude jokes, and anger problems. These issues are so prevalent today and no longer people can put on a good face at church and do these things, while still believing in You. The Spirit is speaking against such things, and I pray that people will confess their faults one to another, and more importantly, to You in prayer. People need to ask forgiveness for every foul thing that has come from their mouths. For they do not know the number of people that have also been offended by their swearing or cussing. People that love You, like I do, would never want to be a loose canon when it comes to our speech. Instead, we take every thought captive, that You may help us say the right things to people. Lord, it is my desire that people will put off their old man/women for Your cause. Then, can You transform their lives. I know how it felt when I was born again, and I wish that more people would experience this also. So come now into every person’s heart that says they believe in You, but are still living for the flesh. Give them a heart change and point them on Your path of righteousness. Then, will they understand that showing kindness and love towards others is much better than saying profane things. You are my God and I believe in You. Teach me to walk in Your light all my days. I love You more than anything this world can offer me. Amen.