The Swearing Tongue
Does Not Sharpen
Deuteronomy 5:11 (KJV)
11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain:
for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain.
The careless use of God's name is offensive to God,
showing a lack of respect, and a lack of reverence.
Swearing is the irreverent use of God's name.
Profanity is the irreverence use of holy things, as 'damning, speaking irreverently of heaven, making light of hell, etc.
Blasphemy is the intentional indignity offered God or holy things, a direct purposeful insult to God.
Cursing is a branch of swearing, foolishly implicates God's name with another's damnation.
Normally, we use the word 'swearing' to refer to all of the above.
In courts, one 'swears' to tell the truth, one employs God's name, and/or the Word of God, swearing by oath to tell the truth. To swear to tell the truth, and then lie, is a sin before God. Yet, many do not consider it so grave a sin. Yet, it is.
Some irreverently use statements like 'my God!' as an exclamation. Some say 'oh God, or Good God, or Oh Lord' in the same kind of way. That is irreverent use of God's name and is offensive to God, even if the congregation shouts 'amen' to the rest of the sermon.
Many slang expressions are substitutions or variations of swear words. You too frequently hear Christians say darn or durn for damn. All three are substitutes for the Hebrew word for damn, and only God has a right to 'damn' anyone or anything. It is blasphemous for us to verbally claim that authority. We are here to intercede, not try to assume God's throne and damn people. We are here to win souls, not doom anyone.
Jehovah became 'by Jove', God became gads, or gosh, Jesus became gee, jeeze, gee whiz. Jesus Christ became Jiminy Christmas, jeepers creepers
hell became heck. These are all the devils' way to keep us swearing, cursing, and blaspheming, and feeling good about it. They are offensive to God.
The foolishness of swearing
What can befall us, that gives us 'good' cause to swear??? No matter what happens, as one's excuse to use words offensive to God,
has God truly, or ever forsaken you?? Or have you used some crisis, some heartache, some hurt, to excuse language that God says is not fitting to be used by Christians. Have you failed the God Who has never failed you?
Some use swearing like a safety valve, to let off excess steam. So, they offend God to let off excess steam. Why not chop a log, or go kick your dog (only being facetious). However, to spare the log and the dog, and then to offend God as the alternative, is foolish. Certainly, we, as Christians, could find a suitable way to handle our emotional issues, and spare the dog, log, and God.
Surely there is something that can be done to let off steam that is not offensive to God.
Swearing is pointless. If it had any profit, perhaps I could understand. What do you get out of swearing? Is there any good profit?
Or does speaking coarsely bring just a few accolades from heathen who feel better now that you swear too?
Christ Jesus came to earth to live 33 years, then died for your sins. He suffered for you, but can you now offend Him with ease?
Since there is no pay for swearing, those who do so, work cheap. They lay aside their character, they inflict pain on God and friends, they break a commandment, they do all that FOR NOTHING.
Children are imitators. A word spoken by you can reap multitudes of more words from their mouths.
It is hard to overcome a swearing tongue. It is hard to break habits built over years. Yet, it starts with recognizing its offensive nature. It begins with repentance for the uncleanness of what has come out.
We are told that what flows out of the mouth reveals what is inside the soul. So, what does your speech betray as to your real
nature? Do you want to change that nature? Do you want to change what is inside so that what is flowing out of the mouth will change?
Luke 6:45 (KJV)
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Some try a swear can with nickels in it, but that will not change your 'inside nature', only empty your pockets till you feel it will be financially rewarding enough to change your words. You cannot purchase a clean heart, only the work of the Holy Spirit upon you will change the heart, and He needs invited, heard, and heeded, to change one's heart from polluted enough to spout words corrupted by insult and offense to our God.
Do not equate the evil of cursing to the value of a nickel, quarter, or dollar. The hurt done in offense to God, in encouragement to sin to young saints, in showing that one's vocabulary is still not hallowed by God's heart, is not purchase-able, or redeem-able by any amount of money. It is not that cheap. It costs you far more spiritually for every swear word.
Rather, think what God has done for you, think Who He is, think of spending eternity praising Him. Can you now offend His name,
His character, belittle blessings and judgments of God to be words you can fling in emotion and desire for one to sense your hurt, anger, thrill, etc ?
Pray, and this time mean it, 'HALLOWED BE THY NAME'.
James 3:8-12 (KJV)
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.