For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."
There was a time when it was clear what words were considered swear words , or cuss words, if you prefer. But as our culture has changed, people have accepted certain words as part of their every day lingo that were once deemed swears. And unfortunately this has also crept into the church and amongst Christians. People wrongly think, that since everyone uses that word, it must be ok for me to use it. Since when is the standard, what others speak, even in the church and amongst Christians, rather than what the Word of God clearly tells us?
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
This verse is part of a context where we are to put off our old self, which is part of our corrupt former manner of life, and to put on our new self, which is "created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."(verses 22-24) In your speech, are you putting off your former manner of life, or are you conforming to the language of the world, or sadly enough, to your Christian friends?
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving."
This cannot be any clearer. There is no ambiguity here. Crude joking and filthy talk are simply out of place for the Christian. And our speech is in the context of sexual immorality(the Greek from which we get the word pornography), which "must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. "(verse 3)
Have you become so accustomed to filthy language in the form of swear words that you don't even notice it or react when you hear it form someone or even coming out of your own mouth? Have you considered the effect that it has on others? Does it give grace to those who hear? Does it fit the occasion? Does it build up? What do your words reveal about your heart?
Hariton Deligiannides is the pastor of Mendon Communiy Church. Pastor Hariton proclaims the truth of Scripture in order to help people come to a knowledge of the truth, namely that Jesus is the only mediator between God and man, and to then get grounded and rooted in the deep truths of Scripture.