One of my biggest regrets was allowing myself to incorporate bad language into my life in my late elementary years in public school. I remember a specific day when another student in my class said “You cuss? I thought you were a Christian.” The Holy Spirit smote my heart right then and there but unfortunately I would go through times when I would do well at cleaning up my mouth and other times when I did not throughout high school. I have worked years cleaning up my mouth but there are still some words that slip out especially when in shocking stressful situations. It’s not okay, and I’ve had to apologize more times than I can count. I don’t want to take bad words lightly like it’s no big deal when my kids hear them come out. I want them to know that the best thing they can do is not learn to cuss and say bad words. It’s uncomfortable to be the bad example.
I was recently disappointed in a Christian I follow online as she prided herself that she was the type of Christian who cusses a little and that if you didn’t like it then “peace.” She was fine with losing followers who might not like that. That kind of hurt my heart because I have admired and shared many of her posts. It sparked my thinking, I want to be a deeper Christian than that — I want to be motivated to be sharpened by the people I follow to be more holy, to be better than my old man, to love Jesus enough to eradicate the nonsense and not have the idle words in my vocabulary when I stub my toe or someone slams the brakes in traffic ahead of me. I don’t want to be a Christian who loves Jesus and cusses a little.
Challenge yourself if you are a lady who struggles with bad language to change your heart and your habits so you can be pleasing to God and others. It’s not all about people pleasing, when we say that our words should be pleasing to others. It’s that cussing and inappropriate conversations are offensive on many different levels. We know that what comes out of the mouth is an indicator of what is in the heart (Luke 6:45). That’s why heart maintenance is important and we must clean, clean, clean, the heart so that out of your mouth come the good and acceptable things that please the Lord. This is an area we can see victory.
I know, I’m not a shining example of this yet, but I pray that as time goes on those temptations will become less and less and someday I’ll look back and notice that it’s been years since a bad word even came into my mind, much less my lips.
3 thoughts on “Don’t Cuss A Little”
Thank you for this reminder!! I really don’t like that people say that! I love the verse you posted here! It’s a great challenge!!
1 Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; :16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Thank you!! Melissa
Ministry Mama, I’m not a blogger and I have a difficult time putting my thoughts into words! In the email below, I made it sound like you put the verses from 1 Peter. I meant the verse you wrote in Psalms at the bottom of your email. So sorry for any confusion this may have caused!! 😢🥴 Hope you have a great day!!
I love the context of Ps. 19:14. David’s whole desire was to please God in every area of his life because he knew God’s commands would lead to God’s best for David’s life. When we choose to allow for sin instead of intentionally cutting it out of our life, we allow for something to die, instead of receiving God’s blessing of life in that area. So always leads to death, but “in keeping them (God’s words), there is great reward.” What a promise to seek after! ❤️
Thanks for the sweet reminder of how good our God is to teach us!
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