How many times have you been sitting in a restaurant having a great time only to have someone sitting near you dampen your joy with their filthy words? Do you want to be the person who ruins everyone else’s evening with your words? No. “But it’s just a word,” you might say. Well, it may just be a word, but it carries an impact. 1 Peter 1:15 says, ”…be ye holy in all manner of conversation.”
Here’s how curse words can harm you and those around you:
1. It can quickly become an unbreakable habit
Cursing is dangerous. One word now can quickly become a dirty word every other sentence. It’s just better if you never even start.
1 Cor. 3:16: Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
2. They can quickly ruin your testimony
When you hear cursing at the mall or the park, do you think to yourself, “I bet that man loves Jesus!”? It’s a funny thought, but no. What we think is: “He’s probably not a Christian.” Is that what you want people to think about you?
Eph. 4:29: Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
3. They can cost you friends
Do you like being around people who curse? No. If you see someone with a friend who is cursing, don’t you associate him with the person who curses? Odds are, your friends won’t want to be associated with you if you are constantly cursing.
Psalms 10:7: His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
4. It makes others feel discouraged
Cursing at someone is rude and inconsiderate. The Bible says to edify (or uplift) one another, not tear each other down.
Rom. 15:2: Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.
5. People will respect you less
Do you respect someone who can’t control his mouth? Cursing will make you seem immature and childish in other people’s eyes. It doesn’t make you sound “cool”.
Proverbs 3:7: Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
6. You never know who’s listening, especially if you’re in public…
There could be young children present. You can never be sure who hears you, so do you really need to say those words?
1 Peter 3:10: He that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
7. God is ALWAYS listening
…and he is disappointed when you curse or you use his name in vain.
Deuteronomy 5:11: 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.
Leviticus 19:12: Ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
So what will you choose? Will you curse and disappoint God? Or will you praise and uplift those around you with your words?
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
This article is written by Project Inspired reader, Addy