First of all, let me apologize for my absence – I had to prioritize and let the blogs “slide” for a couple weeks.
Now – seriously, are your words dirty?
No, I’m not talking about nasty, vulgar swear words, profanity, and curses – most of us really do know it’s best NOT to use that kind of language.
I’m referring to those words that might be just “slightly” off-color, sarcastic, rude, and otherwise NOT encouraging, uplifting, nor beneficial to the people who hear them. I have to admit – I’m guilty of them every so often. I think it’s worse when I’m tired, run down, discouraged, or simply allowing circumstances to get the best (worst?) of me.
So in case you’re wondering how I got the idea of “dirty” words not being the kind of words you normally categorize that way – there are a few verses between Ephesians 4:28 to 5:4 that are quite emphatic about corrupt (impure, dirty) words. Here’s my paraphrased version of those few verses:
Don’t let corrupt words leave your mouth, but rather only words that build up and encourage, to impart grace to the hearers. Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, loud arguing, and evil words. Be kind and forgiving toward one another. Don’t even let filthiness, foolish talking or coarse joking be attributed to you.
It’s far too easy to lash out with words that would be better left unsaid, especially since – unfortunately – it’s usually the people we love the most who end getting hurt by our sometimes careless, thoughtless words.
Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them. ~Author Unknown
If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening. ~George Barzan
I just wish my mouth had a backspace key. ~Author Unknown