My momma said I came out of the womb talking. Even though that could be a bit of an exaggeration, I don’t think it’s too far from the truth. My mouth has always gotten me into trouble.
When I was really little, I had been staying with our neighbor Linda. Mom said I came home and said, “turn the damn heater off.” I hope I’m getting this story right. Mom, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong! I don’t remember the incident personally, but momma had to have laughed at me, because I’ve been using humor as an excuse to cuss for as long as I can remember. Thanks mom! You created a monster.
I’ve used other excuses, to use bad language or tell an inappropriate joke, like “Oh, they know my heart. I just can’t tell/say this around non Christian people.” Hmm, I wonder if, when I have to give an account for all the things I’ve said, if those excuses will work? I highly doubt it.
Words are very powerful. We can speak life or death, blessings or curses. I’m a very wordy person, (just incase you didn’t know) and I can either choose to use my words to glorify God, or to pat the devil on the back. Just typing that made me cringe.
Just so y’all know, it’s not like I just go around using bad language constantly. It’s just something I struggle with. We all have those things that keep us humble. I’m glad that God doesn’t leave us to our own devices. He always gently nudges us right in our spiritual guts, when we’re doing wrong.
So, now that y’all truly know my heart, I have a really good, dirty joke to tell!! Just kidding!
Jesus replied, “You, too? Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you know that anything that is swallowed works its way through the intestines and is finally defecated? But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. Eating or not eating certain foods, washing or not washing your hands—that’s neither here nor there.” Matthew 15:16-20
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Ephesians 4:29