Where In The 
Bible Will I Find:

"That Our Words Are Important"

By:  Gary Colley
Date:  March 25, 2001
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The words that we speak are conveyors of our  thoughts. The wise man Solomon wrote, "For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Prov.23:7). Jesus said of those with filthy hearts,  "0 generation of 'vipers, how can ye, being evil., speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mount speaketh" (Matt.12:34). Though many today regularly use God's name in vain, the Old and Ncew Testaments condemn those who do so!  The Old Testament is not now our law, but is retained for our learning (Rom.15:4). God says in the Old Testament, "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" (Ex. 20:7). In the New Testament Jesus, says, "But I. say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall glve account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt  be condemned" (Matt.12:36-37). Ma:ny today speak to their own shame and condemnation! Can anyone think of one good reason for using slang, irreverent, and vulgar language? It certalnly wlll not.
    1. Please God.
    2. Please our Mother.
    3. Show a fine mark of manliness or of being a lady.
    4. Show that we have self-control over our tongue.
    5. Show how clearly our mind operates.
    6. Cause our speech to be pleasing to others .
    7. Cause others to reflect on our good up-bringing.
    8. Cause others to be impressed with our education.
    9. Point out our culture and refinement as a person.
    10. Make us desirable among godly women and children.
    11. Commend us to respectable society.
    12. Make others know of our reverence toward God.
Hopefully these will strike a responsive chord in the hearts of the sensible. It. is never a compliment to one to use foul language!  Christians are taught to put off "filthy communication out of your mouth" (Col.3:8).  We should pray with the Psalmist, "Le't the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, 0 Lord, my strength. and my redeemer" (Psa.19:14).
--Gary Colley