My Challenge to Christians:
Speak with a New Tongue....

A Bible Study by Jennifer M. Seest

Psalm 19:14, Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

I chose black and white crayons and text for a reason *_* This is a black and white issue. We have probably all heard a sermon on The Tongue at one time or another. The verses in James about the tongue are very descriptive of the trials we will have controlling our speech and keeping it acceptable in the LORD's sight....

James 1:26, If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.

James 3:5, Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

James 3:6, And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

James 3:8, But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

It sickens me to see the term "adult language" applied to swearing and filth. It is not adult language to say "blankety-blank" this and that. Many folks who are saved in their teen years and beyond have shared that, upon salvation, they began speaking with a new tongue. They had gaps in their sentences all of a sudden, realizing that swearing dishonored God and their own testimony. Praise the LORD that they heard and listened to the Holy Spirit's convicting!

Here's a question for you though: what about euphemisms?

"What in heck is that?"

I hated to even type that sentence, because it contains a euphemism for Hell. A euphemism is defined as "the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant". Yet I hear euphemisms used by Christians all the time. Some more? Gosh. Darn. Dang. Don't believe me? Look those words up in the dictionary.

"Gosh" is a euphemism for the holy name of God.

"Heck" is a euphemism for Hell, a place of torment for lost souls awaiting judgment.

"Darn" & "Dang" are euphemisms for Damn or Damnation (reference to eternal condemnation).

These are Bible words, folks...serious, eternally important Bible words!!!

What I'm trying to convey is the fact that these words are supposedly "agreeable and inoffensive" substitutions for taking God's name in vain! They are supposedly "agreeable and inoffensive" substitutions for a horrible place of punishment for the lost! Is this terminology really acceptable in God's ears though? Is it?

I know..."You're just too gosh-darn picky." It's candy-coated cussing, folks. We would all agree that swearing is not acceptable. Why use minced oaths?

"Well, it doesn't offend most folks." Perhaps so, but does it offend God? I repeat, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." We know for a fact that taking His name in vain is one of the top ten commandments in the Bible.

Exodus 20:7, Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Think about it. Pray about it.

Matthew 26:73, And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

Peter was standing afar off as Jesus Christ was being condemned by the religious leaders of the day. Jesus was being spat upon. He was blindfolded and buffeted, the men telling Him to prophesy who was hitting Him. His beard was plucked out, the beginning of the horrific disfigurement of God's only begotten Son--God with us--that would make Him, as we're told in Isaiah, marred more so than any man....

But Peter's speech bewrayed him.... They knew he had been with Jesus because of his speech. So what did Peter do in the next verse as his final denial of Christ?

Matthew 26:74, Then began [Peter] to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

I read that, and my heart grieves. I've dishonored the Lord with my speech, yes, even since salvation. I have asked and gained His forgiveness. I empathize with Peter, though I have never overtly denied the Lord and swore, I have covertly denied Him by using language or attitudes unacceptable to Him. I want my words to honor Him! To tell others about Him! Think about it. Would you want someone to suspect that you're a Christian because you use euphemisms instead of swearing with "adult language"? NO!

Philippians 2:11, And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

James 5:12, But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Don't let your speech bewray you. If a word or phrase is unacceptable in God's sight, ask Him to help you remove it from your vocabulary. But the tongue can no man tame... we're told in James. No man can tame it...but God can! Let your tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!

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