Summary: We, as Christians, need to guard our tongues.
There are several ways that people use to decide what kind
of individual another person is.
A. I am not saying that all of these are valid....indeed,
I do believe that a few of these measurements do
not......accurately....indicate a person’s worth.
1. Valid, or invalid......however.....the world
judges you and me......and everybody else.....
by this criteria.
a. How one is dressed.
1.) Neat or sloppy.
2.) Expensively or poorly.
3.) With or without tears, stains, or
4.) Clean or dirty.
b. A person’s personal hygiene.
1.) Hair combed.
2.) Breath smells badly or not.
3.) Visibly dirty or clean.
4.) Body odor.
c. How this person behaves.
1.) With dignity or with none.
a.) As a gentleman or a lady....or
2.) Rudely or politely.
d. How one speaks.
1.) With nasty, dirty, foul language...or
with clean, wholesome words.
2.) With jokes and stories that would
shock or those that would edify, in
3.) With bad grammar or properly.
4.) Coarsely.....using words that are on
the edge of acceptability, or in
good, clear, clean, and wholesome
We can make the claim of being a child of God.....a born-
again believer......a saint.......a Christian................we can
make the claim, but how do we show the unsaved world
that this is real and true?
A. The world will not be able to judge you by your
1. If they thought that they could......probably
they would come to the wrong conclusion.
B. Personal hygiene certainly can be a determining
factor when those people in the world (and even
in the Church) chose their friends.....but it
can never prove to someone whether a person is
or is not a Christian.
C. How a person behaves can......to some degree,
tell a lot about a person.
1. We must remember, however, that many
people are known to play games in this area.
a. We call them hypocrites.
1.) That person acting a bit silly....may
yet be a solid Christian.....in good
standing with God.
a.) While that person behaving in
pious and sanctimonious
way.......may be the biggest
hypocrite on the face of the
D. What about how one talks?
1. Scripture states, quite plainly.......that how
one speaks will, most certainly, reveal what
is in one’s heart.
a. Not on every occasion of utterance....but
when that person lets down his/her
guard.....then we get a view of that heart.
1.) Impure, coarse, rude, and ungodly
thoughts and intents start to take
the shape of words.
Matt. 5:8 - 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall
Now.....I link this verse to some others.....and I learn that
the heart is the repository of, not only our thoughts and
intents.......it is a repository of our very salvation.......
read with me:
James 2:12 - So speak and so do as those who will be
judged by the law of liberty.
Matt 12:35-37 - 35“A good man out of the good treasure
of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of
the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36“But I say to
you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give
account of it in the day of judgment. 37“For by your words
you will be justified, and by your words you will be
I have so often used this as a proof text against the use of
euphemistic cussing. It is that.....but it is more.
A. We are told that by our words we will be either
justified or condemned.
1. This includes “idle words”....but is not
exclusive to “idle words”.
In Eph. 5:3-7, we come across a word that is usually
misunderstood or only partially understood..............
Eph. 5:3-7 - 3But fornication and all uncleanness or
covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is
fitting for saints; 4neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor
coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of
thanks. 5For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean
person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any
inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one
deceive you with empty words, for because of these things
the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
7Therefore do not be partakers with them.
A. This is the word ................. “coarse”
which can be best defined by the following
1. Ribald is defined as: offensive or vulgar.
Words do not have to be blatantly offensive
to be sin....sin is often done in a gray and
a. Any word that is an offense to God would
fall into this category.
1.) Christians......knowingly or
unknowingly often can be an
offense to God with the
words that they use.
a.) Similar to euphemisms, the
person using these words may
not even be aware of why
these words are wrong.