How a Christian of the one true church of Christ talks in his/her day-to-day life is so very important. The importance of it cannot be overstated. The apostle Paul, of course, knew the importance of a Christian’s speech when he wrote the Ephesian letter to the congregation at Ephesus. In chapter 4, Paul discusses the importance of change in a person’s life when they obey the gospel; furthermore, Paul explains that the renewal of a person’s mind is when true change occurs. He goes on to talk about how we should put away the old man of sin. Many things are mentioned here that we are commanded to rid our cleansed souls from. Then in verse 29, Paul says, “29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” The apostle writes further in verse 31 of chapter 4 that we must put away several things in order to be the Christian we vowed to be, evil speaking being one of them. “31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:”
Now specifically we’re talking about foul language here. It’s nothing nowadays, in whatever city or town you live in, to hear people rattle off several curse words in their everyday language. People don’t even get mad anymore before they pull out the bad language and that’s disappointing. Even worse than that, there are Christians today who do the very same thing, and it’s unacceptable! The scriptures are plain in many places about the fact that we should speak to people with a sense of meekness and care for the souls of the lost such as I Peter 3:15 and James 3:13. Our speech should be seasoned with salt as Paul taught the Colossians in Colossians 4:6.
We can set ourselves apart from the world if we don’t talk like they do. We see how true this really is in Mark 14. Peter is outside the palace where Jesus is being tried the night before our Lord was crucified. A group of people recognizes Peter as a follower of Christ, and so they call him on it. Peter denies this twice, but the third time Peter denies Christ, he curses and swears, verse 71. “71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.” Obviously, his accusers believed his claim after the third denial because they didn’t ask him again. Why was this? They knew that no follower of Christ world curse and swear to prove a point, or use filthy language period. It’s the same for us today. We cannot set ourselves apart from the world if we talk and act like they do. May we all watch what we say.