There are words and then there are words. . . . . .

For years there has been an ongoing argument on how much control can be used against foul and suggestive language on television.
We grew up in a time of Leave It To Beaver & Captain Kangaroo so for most folks our age (over 39!!), the whole idea of such control being necessary is foreign to us.  But the profanity that now fills the airways is not.  One show in particular has more “bleeps” than any other word. 

In about 54 AD, the Apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the church in Ephesus.
The idea of profane language, gossip and slander was not up for debate.
In Ephesians 4:29, he wrote, “Let there be no more foul language,
but good words instead—words suitable for the occasion, which God can use
to help other people.”  (JBP)

And do take note of the fact that Paul did not say, ‘try not to let there be. . .’,
his directive was emphatic and was certainly not a suggestion!

Paul was concerned that the Christians in Ephesus might become known for
their corrupt speech and profane language rather than as those who knew the
blessings of their salvation and knew better than to give the Devil any opportunity
in their lives.  Paul wanted the Christians in Ephesus to use their tongues to
minister grace to those listening.

As Christians, we must desire our words to be a blessing to all and use every
opportunity to pass along to others God’s grace.

Psalm 141:3 should be our prayer, “LORD, set up a guard for my mouth; keep
watch at the door of my lips.”
 

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