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.
Keep your words soft and tender
because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
If everybody thought before they spoke,
the silence would be deafening.
I just wish my mouth
had a backspace key.
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?