Ok. I say cuss words (aka, "curse" words, "profanity"). I do. Probably not every day, but I do say them. Mostly when I'm scared (like someone turns in front of me in traffic) or when I accidentally hurt myself (e.g., stubbed toe, thumb with hammer). I know cussing is bad, and I'm not proud of it. But, I'm working on it, and here's how:
The Bible tells us in Matthew 12:34 that the "mouth speaks what the heart is full of" (see link to complete verse below). OK, so that's for, like, evil people, right? Blasphemy and bad stuff like that. Yes, but it's also for us Christ-followers trying to do the best that we can with what we have to work with. The way I see it, our 'mouth' is like a spiritual barometer - the words that come out of it are a direct reflection of where we are at in our soul. So, for me, when I drop a 4-letter word in traffic, for example, it's not really about the traffic. It's about the current state of my heart. The bad word is a direct 'note to self' that something is going on inside that needs to be taken care of. Maybe it's fear..... hurt..... anger..... loneliness....anxiety..... sadness......something that's creating a barrier to my being where God wants me to be.
So, if 'bad language' is a struggle for you, "embrace the cuss word", I say. Well, wait - don't embrace it, but do give it your full attention for what it really is. Then, zip your lip and pray for God to wash your heart out with soap (bad analogy, I know, but I try).
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