We live in a society where bad profane words, accusing, cursing words, backbiting, slandering , boasting, corrupting talk, filthy and malicious words, and Flattery words are so common which are sins against God .Many of us are surrounded by foul language at work and at our home every day. Popular movies and T.V. are responsible for causing society to accept foul language as the “norm.” The sins of the tongue are poisons which cause many other sins (James 3:6-8).
The Bible commands believers to be pure in speech by controlling their tongues .Lying, blasphemy; lying, gossiping, taking the Lord’s name in vain, and cursing are examples of sinful speech which is forbidden. These words clearly show it is an evil coming from the devil.
Theses six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” ( Prov. 6:16-19).
Jesus taught in the Bible that when a man curses or uses profanity it is a sign of evil that was in that man’s heart. Our speech will always indicate what is in our hearts. “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks Luke 6:45 .
We should honor the purpose of speech by using our tongue to praise God and leading others to obey the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ, to Speak only what is true ,Every word we speak should be “gracious” and “seasoned with salt” (Col. 4:6). We are to seek to avoid profanity in our speech and follow scripture as it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil”.
Ephesians 5:3,4says, “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Our speech will always indicate what is in our hearts. “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” Luke 6:45.
The Bible gives us much advice concerning the mouth. Here are some verses
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips (Pr. 4:24).
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Eph. 4:31).
Do not accuse a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm (Pr. 3:30).
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” -James 3:8
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips (Pr. 27:2).
“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips” —Proverb 20:19
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
“He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” —Proverb 13:3
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” – 1 Corin 15:33
God expects them to live holy lives.If you live in those sins ,confess your sins to God and repent yourselves from the whole heart and ask the Lord to forgive you and deliver you so that your words may be good and loving words full of grace and truth. Our speech should contain wholesome, pure, kind, and beneficial words. Words that encourage and build up a person, instead of tearing them down Proverbs 16:23.