“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
The Scriptures are full of references to the wild nature of our tongues. Within the span of a moment or two, we can bless someone with our words, and then rip someone else apart with the cutting edge of our tongues. My mother used to say, “What goes on in the heart will come out of the mouth in times of trouble.” She was right. And until a few years ago, if you hit my thumb with a hammer you’d have gotten an earful for sure. As Christians, we are called to tame the untamable–to allow our mouths to be under the Lordship of Christ. Whether your struggle is foul language, dirty jokes, or just plain old meanness, if you call Jesus your Lord, He’s calling you to let the change begin! This does not mean you cannot be funny, or that you have to run around speaking in Old English, but that you measure your words carefully. Make sure they are uplifting to others and thankful to God.
“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4