Are Your Words DIRTY?? October 2 Inspiration

Seriously, are your words dirty?  We really need to pay attention to the words we speak because of the impact they can have on those who hear them. Words that are “dirty” can have long-lasting effects.

 

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.

 

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Keep your words soft and tender

because tomorrow you may have to eat them.

~Author Unknown

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If everybody thought before they spoke,

the silence would be deafening.

~George Barzan

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I just wish my mouth

had a backspace key.

~Author Unknown

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My reflections:

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.

So what are YOUR thoughts?

Have you ever given any thought to avoiding “dirty” words as defined here?

Have you ever said something and instantly regretted it, because you couldn’t take it back?

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I love the quotes.. So much truth here. And the words often only hurt us. I’ve long regretted saying things and wasted a lot of energy on the guilt.

  2. I’m not always adherent, but I try to follow the advice I read somewhere to not ever say behind someone’s back anything you wouldn’t be willing to say to their face.

  3. reflections definitely worth sharing. Thank you

  4. reflections definitely worth sharing. Thanks

  5. I think you really have to think about what you say .. the tone can also raise eyebrows… but the voice in words.. they mean different things to different people, so you really have to think about what and how you say it. Especially online. Like that quote “Wish my mouth had a backspace ..” how true…

  6. It does happen but I try and be more aware. Little things and be hurtful.

  7. Hi K. Lee,

    Interesting discussion. Few of us aren’t guilty of uttering words we’d love to take back. I really don’t want on my conscious that I’ve hurt anyone.

    Like my Mom often said to us kids, ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything’. If only…
    Edward

  8. Dirty words I agree with the quote I do wish my mouth had a backspace button. I’m not bad with it though especially since I no longer work with adolescents in residential programs. Thanks for sharing KLee

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