Summary: Burden: Our language is a window into our hearts. Basic Truth: A clean heart equals clean language
SN011902 Deut. 5: 11 Don’t cuss
Beginning "The beauty, the fullness, and the magnificence of His matchless person cannot be expressed by just one name." To the artist He is the One Altogether Lovely. To the architect He is the Chief Cornerstone. To the astronomer He is the Sun of Righteousness. To the baker He is the Living Bread. To the banker He is the Hidden Treasure. To the biologist He is the Life. To the carpenter He is the Sure Foundation. To the doctor He is the Great Physician. To the educator He is the Great Teacher. To the farmer He is the Sower and Lord of the Harvest. To the florist He is the Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon. To the geologist He is the Rock of Ages. To the horticulturist He is the True Vine. To the judge He is the Righteous Judge. To the juror He is the True Witness. To the jeweler He is the Pearl of Great Price. To the editor He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy. To the optometrist He is the Light of the Eyes. To the philosopher He is the Wisdom of God. To the Printer He is the True Type. To the servant He is the Good Master. To the student He is the Incarnate Truth. To the toiler He is the Giver of Rest. To the Sinner He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. To the Christian, He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior, the Redeemer and Lord!
Sing: His name is wonderful
Background: The third commandment concerns using God’s name in any manner that is irreverent or cheap. We need to define our terminology: Misusing God’s name(NIV) Name in Vain (KJV) -- Enjoining God’s name in an oath when you have no intention of keeping your vow. Or using God’s name in a flippant irreverent manner is taking it in vain. In prayer “Oh God, Jesus or Lord” is wonderful, but when you use the phrase to add emphasis it breaks the third C.
Cursing -- ”Cursing“ does not refer to improper speech as such, but to calling down a curse on another. Wishing someone in Hell -- “Damn you”. e.g. Balaam
Crude language is using unacceptable words to make a point or add emphasis to your speech. Social acceptance changes
Words that describe body waste are crude in our culture, but “Pisseth against the wall” is a homonym for the males in - KJV
The “F” word is legal shorthand for the word Fornication.
Reference to body parts is also crude, but subject to culture.
Blasphemy: Results from a heart so out of balance that right seems wrong, and wrong right. Job’s wife, when she exhorted Job to curse God and die, Job 2:9. Peter, when accused of being a disciple of Jesus,
Slang: Thinly disguised euphemisms, e.g. “Dang, or darn, Burden: Our language is a window into our hearts.
Basic Truth: A clean heart equals clean language
Big Question How can I keep my language clean?
Remember who you are You are the Temple of the Lord
1 Cor. 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
One of the most humbling experiences is when a small child calls me Jesus. You are a vessel that contains the very life of God. You are valuable and loved and ambassador of your Lord. Talk like a child of God.