They are connected!
I received a post this morning filled with profanity and filthy talk – yet all in complaint about – guess what? – having to listen to someone else’s filthy talk, that of their unregenerate family members! Say what? I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Someone else’s vulgarity does not give anyone who names the Name of the Lord Jesus the excuse to indulge that same activity in retaliation or even frustration.
This person often speaks from frustration. This person actually wishes to make a difference for God in this world. Yet this rant took the prize. It’s not, however, a matter of fighting fire with fire. The fires must be put out with Living Water. Otherwise the blaze becomes uncontrollable.
Here’s what God’s word says about this: “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” … (James 1:26)
As far as a response, it needs to be as seen in Galatians 6:1 – “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.” The last portion recommends a careful, prayerful, thoughtful, and Spirit-led approach, not a legalistic one. Spiritual vipers are present, and we do not wish to carelessly put our hand into the nest!
“… 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! And 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.”… (from James 3).
Jesus Himself reminds us that “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”
And then again, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”
Everywhere we go, there is filthy speech. What to do about it as Christians? First we must deal with it on a personal basis.
Psalm 141:3 gives some clues. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” The Holy Spirit needs to be continually invoked to divinely guard what comes forth from our speech. That is if we really want our life to be any different than the same old same old, since the tongue’s use determines the course of life, per James’ admonitions!
It may also require a deliverance. For what can Satan use to make the child of God look more ridiculous than spewing out filthy speech on a habitual basis? No one will listen to your testimony or admonition if you sound no different than the world you are rebuking or the situation you’re cursing.
Since speech and words and the use of the tongue begin in the heart, per Jesus, then we have to really pray foremost for the Holy Spirit’s transformation of our heart as well… David shows us how in Psalm 51:10-13 “… Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. THEN I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.” (This entire Psalm is a very effective prayer which can be used for reflection and self examination).
Society is rampant with filthy talk and language. This is one big reason it’s going to blazes in a handcart, especially in the USA. Immorality is one source of the evil that is upon us (seed sown, harvest reaped) as we defy God in every imaginable way. The mouth is another. We are literally cursing ourselves into oblivion!
The way we use our mouth is, I suppose, another form of immorality / rebellion. Scripture provides the answers if we want them. It is especially disappointing when Christians relate to one another as if this is “normal” and just allow it to pass. It may be normal for the world and those under Lucifer’s domination, but it is utterly unacceptable among those who are to bear His holy name before the world and claim to be doing His work.
“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10)… “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” In other words, what we sow, we reap! This includes the use of speech.
The Way of Jesus is radically challenging and different, and flies in the face of natural vengeful desire, in the face of self. He exhorts us to “bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” There is great power in our actually being doers of this word and not hearers only.
His Way is the only way I know to turn things around – personally, domestically, or politically – and it starts with the inside of us, one heart and one soul at a time radically transformed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. Will we allow Him to free up His Kingdom, first of all within us, by His Holy Spirit, and to bring many sons to glory His Way?
So, let all of us called to obtain a blessing do that God’s way – by starting a “blessing avalanche” in the world, instead of reviling others or our circumstances, bless and keep on blessing. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Lord, please grant us a Spirit of repentance, and restore us!