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It does not take one long of browsing the television channels before hearing someone swearing or using foul language. For the Christian, what should be the normal? There are extreme views on both sides of this discussion; however, I always go back to the Bible for guidance.

In my reading this morning, I read Prov. 7:15-21 and James 2:14-3:12. In chapter three, James begins to discuss the tongue and how destructive it can be. Read James 3:5-12…

“5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
6 And i the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.”

Should this text be looked at speaking against cussing? Yes. Is this text stating more than just about cussing or cursing? Yes. As stated before, in reading the Bible one must remember context.

Who was James writing to? Why was James seemingly answering a question? What is the main point to the passage and what is meant by cursing? The main point to this passage is verses nine and ten. James was writing to Christians concerning practical aspects of Christian conduct, hence James in addressing many of the issues at the time. What James is addressing is very similar to what issues the Christian faces today.

So what is the main point of the passage? Dr. Ryrie rightly states, “The point is that a believer’s tongue should not speak inconsistencies.” (Ryrie Study Bible, 1995) The believer in Christ should not speak bitterness about someone or use contemporary curse words as such is “bitter water” pouring from one’s mouth. Most everyone has heard the statement, “You kiss your mama with that mouth!” One should strive toward clean speech and glorifying God with our speech and actions.

Blessings,
Jeff

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Posted February 28, 2010 by avv604 in Bible

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