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7 Reasons Curse Words Are Harmful


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

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  1. Wonderful_World

    Posted by Wonderful_World on April 4, 2019 at 04:08

    Swearing is rude, dirty, unattractive, and just overall dumb. A bad thing does not give anyone the right to yell obscenities. Also, it isn’t protected under freedom of speech in the constitution. Kids are getting less wholesome and most parents don’t care if their kids are swearing. It is so immature and extremely offensive to let obscenities fall out of your mouth. In media, you should avoid if if you A) gasp in shock at any curse word or B) once you hear it, you gotta say it. A lot of people use swears to symbolize power,but it only makes them look like a jerk.

  2. Emeralds4lyfe

    Posted by Emeralds4lyfe on August 31, 2017 at 18:34

    I am 16 and have never said a curse word even with being surrounded by others saying them all day at school. I find them unnecessary and I feel they are not what someone should start saying just to be ‘cool.’

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Le4NaLuvsD1sNey on June 19, 2017 at 10:13

    It’s so hard on me, especially when those words come in the form of intrusive and random thoughts! I get scared when those thoughts happen. I don’t know if it’s OCD, but it’s seemingly uncontrollable. Any suggestions or advice?

    • Wonderful_World

      Posted by Wonderful_World on April 4, 2019 at 04:03

      I don’t curse, but a lot of my friends do and we all know how much swearing is in media. I suggest assessing your thoughts on what you want to say. If you are creative, make up your own swears or expressions. I don’t drop f-bombs, but you’ll hear me say Good Gravy, Polar bear perspiration and Geperxqwuiem. Just remind yourself that it is dirty,immature and not right. I also enjoy looking uo exclamations of the past especially the 1920’s and 50’s. Another tactic is to imagine a teacher,parent, or adult you respect is hearing you.

  4. Volleyball4life

    Posted by Volleyball4life on June 23, 2015 at 19:42

    Yes! My main reason for not cursing is that it is mostly used in a negative manner directed at somebody. We as Christians should not tear anybody down, but lift them up

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by eyelash_viper on June 22, 2015 at 17:49

    I needed this! Thank you so much. I am around so much cursing that it basically stays in my brain, but I am constantly striving not to think those words!

    • InWhiteLace

      Posted by InWhiteLace on July 7, 2015 at 14:01

      I feel you, I got into it years ago and now I’m slowly trying to break that habit, which is hard because everyone in my family struggles with it.

  6. Rosalynd

    Posted by Rosalynd on November 16, 2012 at 16:57

    Thank you so much for this article! Cursing is something I’ve struggled with for years, as I started before I really accepted Jesus into my life. It seemed like the ‘cool’ thing to do at the time, but now it’s become an almost unbreakable habit. There will be times that I will be very close to breaking it, but then I’ll have a terrible day and I’ll start up again. It is so much harder than people think. Please pray for me!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by YouHadMeAt_Believe on September 26, 2012 at 13:57

    Wow I am so glad i found this! I have always been Christian, but several months ago, i picked up cursing in school, and i’ve been finding it very hard to stop. i mean, its just really hard! I just recently got closer to God, and i realized I am slowly losing my cursing habit! Praise God! Though I wish my parents wouldn’t swear as much :/ My dad sometimes does, and my mom too, and they’re Christian…

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by prolife4life on May 19, 2012 at 00:11

    oh my goodnes this is so true i strugel with cussing so badly its a filthy habit and its so flipping hard to stop i have this friend who is 18 and every time i cus she says sorry what what and i change it it helps if only people were like this with me all the time i need all the prayer and encouragement i have told my friends to tell me when im sing and stop me but they never do !!!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Romayn on March 29, 2012 at 22:50

    That’s it. No wonder why I cant seem to stop. God came in at right moment and gave this to me before I left for school. Thanks guys

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by lizziedee on February 16, 2012 at 23:01

    my #1thing about cuss words is that it’s just as bad to know them as to say them, cuz sometimes, you might say them by accident, like when someone says “chick” instead of “check”. that has happenned to me at least twice, and I would NEVER cuss on purpose. but I also talk really fast too…that doesn’t help much.

  11. Posted by on November 12, 2011 at 21:41

    So many young people cuss or use dirty language and it is not getting any better. Hearing about a hundred curse words every school day affects me. I try to filter the words in my head but it took prayer 🙂 Thanks!

  12. Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 12:02

    It’s terrible seeing the difference what your friends were before they were all cussing and seeking for attention. I miss those days.
    Now it’s all about gossiping and having boyfriends.
    I don’t understand what’s all the rush. The cussing had also get me, because I felt I needed to impress them to keep them.
    After analyzing a lot of letters in this page, I feel silly.
    So silly I have set my goal to not to cuss or do anything anymore to impress someone. x
    Much thanks for inspiration. <3

  13. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 03:01

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  14. Posted by on August 31, 2011 at 00:35

    My parents and my little brother curse. I tell them not to curse and they yell at me. Especially when I tell my little brother not to curse (he’s 8). It’s just sad! My family is not very Christian and I try to be a good Christian. I guess I’ll have to wait till I’m 18 (3 more years) till I get to do what I want to do. 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on August 31, 2011 at 23:17

      Praise you Monica for being a light and a good influence in your family! that is SO so amazing you are staying true to your values when it seems almost impossible. God WILL reward you for it all the time! 🙂 and don’t worry-18’s not that far away. 😉

  15. Posted by on August 30, 2011 at 10:05

    I have friends who swear a lot, but whenever they want to swear or talk about something disgusting/inappropriate, they say “Earmuffs” to me, so I know that they’re saying things I don’t want to hear. I have a reputation as a goody-goody 😉

    • Posted by Nicole on August 30, 2011 at 16:24

      aww that’s cute! I love that you do the earmuffs so you don’t hear the curse words. I’ll definitely do that too!

  16. Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 20:20

    Do “Shut up” and “crap” and “sucks” count as curse words?

    • Posted by Nicole on August 29, 2011 at 22:38

      hey aren’t curse words persay, but shut-up is rude if you’re saying it to someone, and I saw crap all the time, and I do say “that sucks!” once in a while. Hey, we’re still human 🙂

  17. Posted by on August 9, 2011 at 17:20

    I am very blessed that God has not put me in a situation where I felt the need to cuss! 🙂 Very proud of myself! 😀

  18. Posted by on August 6, 2011 at 06:43

    Look! Nicole! There’s 145 Facebook shares!

  19. Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 17:41

    I’m really glad you brought this up; you make an amazing point that I’ve been really mulling over for a while now! Cussing disgusts me, and I’m always ashamed whenever it pops into my head–I always make myself replace it mentally. But even then I have to remember that for some words aren’t even bad in and of themselves in meaning but the attitude in which they are said are what make them bad. Honestly, I think it’s best to just say nothing at all. Anyway, thanks for posting this, you make some great points!!!

    • Posted by Nicole on July 30, 2011 at 00:38

      you’re welcome! Just make it a habit not to cuss, and soon it will be like 2nd nature and you won’t even have to think about it ever! 🙂 GOd Bless you!

  20. Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 10:11

    I go to an American public high school, and I’m super active in the Theatre department, which is one of the most well-known activities in our school. In a normal show, pretty much all that can be heard backstage is cussing. This year, however, we had a wonderful Christian senior student direct our major musical for the year, ironically entitled “D*mn Yankees.” She refused to cuss, alternating between calling the show “Yam Dankees” and “Darn Yankees,” and she, along with the main supporting actress, actually formed a prayer group onstage before the every performance. She was given a directors chair at the end of the run, with her name and the show title written on it. The first word of the title was censored. I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful influence on me and the other freshmen during my first year of high school.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 19, 2011 at 12:19

      that is really rare Leah! thanks for sharing that with us 🙂

  21. Posted by on July 15, 2011 at 13:41

    I will use “mild” curses like d**n or Hell (Hey, they’re both in the Bible. But I know, context is really important). I don’t use them if children are around (If there are children, I substitute darn and Cleveland. It’s a place. Get it? ;D ). And if I’m going to use the S-word, it’s only when I’m alone, or with other adults who I know don’t mind. I draw the line at words that actually have disgusting definitions (Such as F), and using the Lord’s name in vain.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 15, 2011 at 22:58

      well at least you are trying, and you aren’t using the Lord’s name in vain, that’s the most important!

  22. Posted by on July 12, 2011 at 15:54

    i struggle with it… and your write, it does start out as one word, and then once you start it becomes addictive. it’s like poisen, it kills you relationship with God. it’s hard to quit but once you do, you’ll be glad you did.words can hurt people, or they can help them. i want mine to help.

  23. Posted by on July 8, 2011 at 13:02

    its really hard but i dont cuss anymore i ffeel it is unholy and ungodly .

  24. Posted by on July 5, 2011 at 09:19

    To be honest, I have a problem with cursing. How do I stop?

    • Posted by Nicole on July 5, 2011 at 11:42

      try to come up with alternate phrases instead of using the curse words- instead of f*ck stay “frick” or “shut the front door!” instead of using sh*t say crap, instead of d*am say “dang” hmm.. just be very conscious of when you speak, and when you cuss you will notice and try and change!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by TheMouseLover on September 9, 2012 at 06:43

        when my friends are about to say son of a b**ch, they say son of a biscuit!

  25. Posted by on July 3, 2011 at 18:27

    i have to admit that this is a very bad habit of mine…and im trying not to cuzz as much cause im i know once i start i cant stop :\

  26. Posted by on July 2, 2011 at 09:19

    This was very helpful. My friend who are like 13 and 14 like cussing a lot. I keep on telling them to stop and that GOD hates that and GOD will punish me but in the end they end up cussing me but I keep on advising them but they ignore me

  27. Posted by on June 29, 2011 at 12:36

    I honestly admit that a swear word will slip a time or too, or I am thinking of those things in my head. But I honestly try hard NOT to swear because its annoying to hear and see. Whenever I am reading swearing, I feel like I am reading the cover of Playboy, and whenever I hear a family member swear, I wish that the bleeping sound heard on TV could be used in real life so that I wouldn’t have to listen to those words being said. Its completely unecessary and it makes you look really immature. In life, saying that stuff is totally uncessesary, even when you’re really mad at someone. But the Bible does say in Leviticus 19:18, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” While it may feel good to let a bad word slip, these words can be replaced with common everyday words and makes you look more like a child of God.

  28. Posted by on June 26, 2011 at 16:37

    i used to never cuss, being the complete “good girl” of our group of friends. we had one friend who was the “black sheep” so to speak, who cussed without caring. there were a few times when i would almost cuss, and then stop myself, and she would say “dangit, i almost got you to cuss!” needless to say, we are no longer friends. even after that tho, after going on to high school and being surrounded by it, i started to cuss. i can count on one hand the number of times ive cussed out loud, but all the time in my head im cussing, and thats just as bad. please pray for me!

    • Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 10:16

      This sounds exactly like the situation I’m in… I have an idea. Rachel, will you pray for my bad habit of mental cussing? I’m praying for you.

      Your sister in Christ- Leah

    • Posted by Nicole on June 27, 2011 at 14:40

      I will Rachel! I still slip up once in a while too. It’s most important that you’re trying!

  29. Posted by on June 23, 2011 at 12:16

    Thank you sooooo much for this article!! Some people in my class and even my friends think cursing is cool and they can’t control it. They always ask me why I don’t curse or why I think it’s bad and I can never back it up with facts or Bible verses. Now I can tell them why it’s horrible and annoying.

  30. Posted by on June 22, 2011 at 14:49

    I struggle with cursing when I’m around my non-Christian friends.. I know it’s totally wrong because I need to be a role model.. It’s hard because I’ve known themfor longer than I’ve known Christ. i am slowly changing, they know that I’m in a process of change and I have eliminated many bad thigs, but unfortunately I sometimes say things and think later

  31. Posted by on June 22, 2011 at 14:15


  32. Posted by on June 22, 2011 at 13:43

    I am really glad that you posted this because my friends and I always are questioning whether its ok to curse I say no and they say yes because they dont think that the bible says anything about it. but this article proves that it does! this website is such a blessing. And I love the ending scripture 1st corinthians 10:31 I’ve been focusing on that this week because it is the theme at a youth musical that I am performing at. Sometimes it can get hard to glorify God in all you do but we have to keep pressing on because God desreves the glory. And I want to be a light and a testemant to God’s word.

  33. Posted by on June 19, 2011 at 16:28

    I am a strong christian and i have broken the habit… but recently it has been a struggle with me! prayer is MUCH needed for me!

  34. Posted by on June 19, 2011 at 08:56

    Thank-you so much! I have learned so much from this website. 🙂
    Before I cussed only frequently but then I stopped for some time.. After a while I was sort of tired listening my friend cussing so much that I thought it was cool to say so because the others did too. I got also ”punished” in school for saying a cuss word and I just thought ”So what? It’s just a word..” But now I truly understand what I have done..
    You have inspire me to stop cussing and let others do what they want! 🙂
    Thank-you again!

  35. Posted by on June 18, 2011 at 14:43

    Sisi, I’ll be praying for you, it’s hard finding somewhere where you feel like you fit in. Those girls might not even realize what they did. I know my youth group (and I, personally) have really had to grow in that area because we weren’t being accepting of others out of laziness, our own insecurities, or just not seeing people different than us the way we should. Not excusing them, but maybe if you keep going, you’ll find some people you can really be friends with :). You sound like an awesome girl, they don’t know what they’re missing out on :D! I’ll pray you find the youthgroup God has planned for you 😀

  36. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 21:48

    that is all true i just hate to hear curse words but they are all around me! some people even kno not to cursed around me and say sry when they do.

  37. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 21:09

    Hello, I just put up an answer on yahoo answers and someone named sunshine lead me here..

    This blog thing pretty much answered all of my questions with the exception on what makes a word a cuss word. How did they become a word that’s socially unacceptable? I feel like if I would call my female dog a B*TCH it would be wrong or the fact that I have a bastard sword in my room, I almost don’t want to call it that..

    I probably have a few more questions but I doubt you could answer them 😛

  38. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 13:47

    I gotta say, God totally has a sense of humor. I was on facebook and saw a bunch of pictures from this girls night the girls in my youth group planned – an event I knew nothing about. Nobody invited me, and I’ve had a hard time breaking into that group.
    I never swear, but after seeing that I just kept crying and saying to myself ‘Life’s a bitch, man, life is a bitch.’
    Then I decided to check this website, just to get my eyes off of those fun pictures. And right there, the first article says ‘7 reasons curse words are harmful’. Even in my state of tears, I burst out laughing. Thank you 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on June 16, 2011 at 00:24

      you’re welcome girl! See that’s a sign from God! You don’t need those girls who didn’t invite you! They’re the ones missing out on your fabulousness!

  39. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 12:19

    Another good verse for this would be John 12:32

    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.

    Cussing keeps him from being lifted up,and he deserves to be lifted up.

  40. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 11:15

    Nicole-you have no idea how badly i needed to read this article…it came at just the right time!! I truly feel like God had this come at this time for me…. this sounds bad but i have been cursing a little like at school and your right it is a hard to break the habit. Pleas keep me in your prayers.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 16, 2011 at 00:25

      I will Kayla!! you are FAR above that dirty language.!

  41. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 10:06

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I cuss sometimes…not alot but I do sometimes slip up so thank you 🙂 I will definetly not cuss anymore 🙂

  42. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 09:42

    I know alot of teens a couple years older than me who curse all the time, I hate it! It’s so hard because even though I try never to curse, sometimes if I spend a weekend somewhere with people who do, I find words I don’t like popping into my head just from hearing them so much. It doesn’t make you look cool at all!

  43. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 09:16

    What a great article :p

    • Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 16:32

      :p??? this made me curious… why did you write a :p after something you thought was great? don’t worry i only ask because this is what one of my friends does and i don’t know why i thought :p meant something negitive? this is what im constantly having problams with cause you can’t see peoples real reaction in a reply on a computer..

  44. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 08:31

    Well said, Addy!

    I am often asked why I don’t do “this” or “that” and I almost always have a ready reply and the Word to back it up. Now I have the Scriptures to present should I ever be asked why I don’t use certain words. I’m going to write these down. Thank you!

  45. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 08:23

    Thank you for this. People in my school swear like it’s their second language and it drives me nuts!

    • Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 20:39

      I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one bothered by this!

  46. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 03:39

    Great article!! I never cuss but so many people I know do. My dad is a very strong Christian, and we sing at nursing homes for God and etc. BUT, my dad still cusses every once in a while when he is mad because he started when he was not a Christian. The habit is still there. I constantly get onto him for it though and he’s getting better at it. Thank you for this article! I can now show people in the Bible that cuss words are not just “words.” They have meaning to them and they are displeasing to God.