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Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

As my wife Carol and I were having some lunch together at a local restaurant, there were a couple of guys in the booth behind us who were using profanity in just about every sentence. I found myself being disgusted at their inability or unwillingness to at least try to articulate without dropping some crude adjective. It's not like I melt when I hear foul words, but I do realize I would rather not hear them, as they seem to make me feel…well, dirty!

It wasn’t always this way though.  There were years upon years of working on various job sites where I would hear dirty jokes, foul, coarse, and crude conversations taking place.  And unfortunately, to some extent, there were years where I had become jaded to them.  In other words, it didn’t even shock me when I would hear these things; it was as if it was common or to be expected.

So, how can we, as Christians, become jaded to things clearly not in God’s will? 

One reason stems from the fact that our minds are constantly being bombarded with garbage on the television, radio stations, Internet, and social media.  As a result of this common stream of filthy language and sexual sound bites, we can begin to accept this type of behavior as, “normal.” It is the enemy tempting us to be conformed to this way of living.  But we are clearly told that we are not to be conformed to this world (Rom. 12:1-2). This isn’t just referring to the temptations to use profanity in conversations, as it can be gossip, slander, backbiting, or just about anything unedifying. It is really sad when you think about it, because it is just careless conversations, and idle chat polluting and corrupting, as it plants seeds soon sprouting and bringing forth rotten fruit.

 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)

We need to be aware of this because there are many who may not know Jesus yet, and they are watching our actions—studying how we live and looking to see if there is a difference in us.  God has instructed us to guard our conduct and manner so those who look upon us cannot condemn us for improper actions.  And He even goes so far as to say, if we do not partake in these kinds of conversations those opposing us will be ashamed because they have nothing evil to say about us (Titus 2:8).

Another way the enemy can get destructive thoughts flying about in our brain is when we willingly sit in on improper conversations. We may never actually be the ones speaking improperly, but we are listening and even laughing at the coarse joking.  It can be painfully awkward to get up and walk out of the middle of a conversation with friends or business colleagues because of what is being spoken, but it may be necessary to avoid participation.  

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man." Mark 7:20 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to continually examine the things being said in the conversations you are taking part of.  Seek the Lord’s will to give you the words and ability to act in a way most honoring to Him — one testifying of His presence in your life. Remember, we do not have to be holier-than-thou in our attitude or defense of not wanting to be a part of these types of conversations; we just need to let people know we would rather not be a part of them.  Chances are it may even open up doors for them to ask why we don’t.  It is a form of witnessing that speaks volumes when done in love and with a sense of humility. Let’s let our speech be seasoned with salt (Col. 4:6). 

STUDY QUESTION: What does Jesus say in Matthew 12:36 about careless words that are spoken?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself in awkward conversations you know you shouldn’t be taking part of?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to allow God to guide you through your loving response while being faithful to your beliefs and convictions. It will be the start of something big.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:Father, I just would like to praise You today for Your convictions and leading in this subject. Thanks for changing my heart of apathy towards those conversations and people who partake in them. Help us today to be the witness You desire us to be.  Provide the words and love necessary to speak to those You have brought into our lives.  In Jesus’ name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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