When I was a little child, I was outstandingly pure. I was the little boy who constantly told my grandmother and other family members about their language. I even remember the first time I swore, under provocation of classmates, I cried for 20 minutes because I felt bad. Now that I’m part-sailor, I wonder, should I curse anymore?
From a historical context, all of our favorite swear words come from a special point in history. Looking at most of these words now, mostly stem from excrement, sex, admonishment, or degrading parallels. Without going too much into them, you can find a decent breakdown of the history of various swear words here.
Overtime, those words became negative because of their linkage with profane. In fact, profanity translates into something relating or devoted to that which is not sacred or biblical; secular rather than religious; not respectful of orthodox religious practice. Those words became taboo overtime, not because of any specific place in the bible that says it is forbidden.
While this may seem common sense, it is important to clarify this. Nothing is inherently wrong with the combination of sounds or even the literal meanings. The problem lies in the intent. What power do you give these words and how are they used?
Throughout the Bible, the power of the spoken word is reiterated numerous times. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21), and “from the same mouth comes blessings and cursings” (James 3:10) are repeating themes. God’s opposition towards people who speak lies, anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk is repeated constantly as a lesson to us.
God created the entire world from speaking it into existence. He manifested things from His words alone. If we were truly created in His image and tasked with creating heaven on earth. We have the ability to speak things into existence. Thousands of books have been written about positive thinking, self-affirmations, and even names have power. So, when we speak, we must be careful of what we create and call into our lives.
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matthew 12:34-36)
Curse words, swear words, and profanity. Words that curse another person (and possibly you too), empty promise phrases, and words that are disrespectful. I used to swear to make me seem edgy and not a push over. Now, I don’t know if I care anymore. I don’t want to put on a front for someone else and I really have decided to speak more positivity in the world. Curse words don’t really fit in it anymore.
“To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:2-9)
I don’t deserve the right to speak harshly about others anymore because I truly realize I’ve been there before. I’ve been angry and lost, but I don’t feel that any longer. I feel loved and I choose to exemplify the love I’ve experienced. So, unless it is the title of Kendrick’s amazing album, I think I am going to give it up. I choose to speak life and reap the benefits of good fruit.
I’ll Turn My Brightness Up
This is just another one of my personal life changes, do you have anything you are striving to do differently in your life? Have you had any struggles with growth or personal changes? Has anything made them easier? Let me know and leave them in the comments below.
A great post about curse words and the bible here.