Foul language has been a major problem since the beginning of time. If we don’t watch our use of language, it can become a major bad habit!
All of us have said something bad or hurtful in our lives. It is human nature to put others down in order to exalt ourselves.
In Proverbs 6:16-19 we are given a list of seven sins. It says: “These 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.”
Ephesians 4:29 says: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”
God hates all forms of foul language. If it puts other people down, is vulgar or offensive, God hates it. Abraham Lincoln once said: “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Sometimes we need to just be quiet, especially if we don’t have anything nice to say. The problem is that anyone can easily get into a bad habit of speaking in the wrong manner, and it can be hard getting out that habit.
So what can we do to stop this habit?
First of all, pray about it. James 1:5 says: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” If you ask God for help, He will help provide a solution. He will never say, “You’re on your own.”
Second, do some Bible study. Whether it’s a specific subject or just reading your Bible, separating yourself from the world for even just an hour can help you grow closer to God.
Lastly, talk to your parents or minister about it. They’ve probably had to deal with the same problem that you may be dealing with right now.
With all this help, let’s determine to stop using foul language.