Girl to Girl Talk: “Is Cussing a Sin?”

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    This week, a PI Girl asked me if cussing is a sin. Read the full post here.

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    I think most everyone knows that cursing or taking the Lord’s name in vain is inappropriate or not a good thing to do as a follower of Christ. As for it being considered a sin, the Bible talks multiple times about the power of the tongue and the results or fruits that the words can bring forth.

    You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. (Deuteronomy 20:7)

    In Ephesians 4:29, it says “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.”

    Words have power, and usually when people curse, it is a lack of self-control and is a result of anger, frustration and so forth. Of course God forgives us when we repent and stop repeating this behavior. The reason why it’s important to be careful how you speak is because it is a reflection of your heart (Matthew 12:34).

    We all need to guard our hearts and our tongues. No, none of us are perfect—even leaders stumble and are sinners, too. We all need forgiveness and we all need a Savior. No one is as holy and righteous as God. There is not one perfect person on earth; only Jesus Christ was blameless and He nailed our sins at the cross at Calvary.

    If you desire to become a follower of Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, believe God sent Him as His Son to die on the cross, was the Word that became flesh (John 1:14), to die and on the third day rise again defeating death and sin, repeat after me in your heart or out loud: “Lord God, forgive me of my past sins and anything in my heart that is displeasing to you. I want to be made right with you and I believe in the good news and Gospel of Jesus that He died for me. I want to be a follower and disciple of Christ. I accept the power of the Holy Spirit and ask for you to guide and be Lord over my life, giving me a new start and right relationship with you, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

    Congratulations! You have been adopted into the family of God and now are a new creation in Christ (Galatians 3:26). The old has gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

    Some important parts of being a believer and disciple of Christ:

    • Get a Bible (or download the Holy Bible app—King James Version and NIV are the most accurate English translations).
    • Next, get plugged into a youth group, Bible Study or Christian church fellowship group.
    • Last, but definitely not least, proclaim your faith to family and friends by being baptized under water, which symbolizes the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Growth comes over time just as any relationship grows, and remember this is about a relationship with God—not a religion. We all are at different places in life. God knows and loves you so much! He has BIG plans He purposed for you long ago, so pray and ask Him to order your steps! Read these verses to start: Jeremiah 29:11, John 3, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalm 139, Ephesians 5, Colossians 3.

    Back to the message I am speaking on pertaining to cursing and the importance of what we say, we need to use wisdom in how we speak. Also, although the tongue is small, if we can control that part, we can control the whole body (James 3:5). The Bible says a fool even looks wise if he holds his tongue (Prov 17:28)…so let us be quick to listen and slow to speak, amen?

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    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. I don’t know about cursing in general being a sin (although I agree that is bad and wrong because it is not God pleasing and goes against the Bible), but taking His name in vain IS a sin. One of the Ten Commandments is “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain”.

    2. Colossians 3:8 – But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
      Of couse, some people argue that it’s not filthy language and it’s only filthy because people consider it so. I think that’s partly true, but then you could say that about every word in any language, so that takes out the point of language.

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