"Mouths Full of Cursing"

J. D. Conley
September 4, 2016

One of the most trying things for a Christian to endure is the incessant and ubiquitous employment of cursing, and coarse language. Christians must hear it almost everywhere they go. All forms of media are saturated with it. One cannot turn on the TV, radio, log on to facebook, or watch a movie, without having to hear or read God's Holy name taken in vain. Words that were forbidden to be uttered on TV just a few years ago, are now spewed out constantly. Filthy language has now become the norm and clean language is the exception. Given their wide use, its surprising that certain words are still bleeped out by a few programmers. Sadly, it won't be long until any and all words will be allowed by the programmers, and the censors will be out of work. Even those who claim to use clean language on their shows and in their acts, don't. It might be somewhat cleaner, but its not spotless.

In describing the sinful condition of both the Jews and the Gentiles, Paul wrote: "Whose mouth is full of cursing..." (Romans 3:14). Mouths full of cursing seems to be a malady that is still prevalent in the world. But no matter how widespread or acceptable such mouths are, they are disapproved of God. People try to dismiss or downplay bad language and filthy speech by saying, "its only words, its no big deal." But Jesus and the New Testament writers emphasize the importance of words and language. Our Lord declared, "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matthew 12:37). In the context Jesus is discussing language and the way speech reveals the condition of the heart, and how a person will be held accountable for every word they speak on the day of Judgment. Therefore, the words we say matter a great deal! Paul told the Colossians, "Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" (Colossians 4:6). There is never a time when coarse speech or distasteful language is permissible with God.

James wrote, "Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be" (James 3:10).

Yes, Christians are surrounded with "mouths full of cursing." May our mouths always and only be full of blessing and purity. "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14).