What is inside a person comes out when he is most comfortable or when he is under pressure. Most often it is words that express the thoughts stored in the vault of one’s heart. Whether good things or bad, what we store up in our heart will come out. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Since we are to love God with all of our heart, what should come out of our mouth should be words that reflect the nature and will of God. Words that dishonor God should never come out of our mouth, such as vulgar words, euphemisms, and words that take God’s name in vain.
Many kinds of words dishonor the Lord. Paul calls them “corrupt communication.” He said in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Corrupt communication is a broad classification that includes four-letter words. As our society has moved further away from the influence of the Bible, swear words have become more base. Both men and women shamelessly drop these four-letter bombs wherever they trod. This should not be.
Corrupt communication also includes softer forms of vulgar words called euphemisms, like h_ck, cr_p, and d_ng. Even though euphemisms are not the direct vulgar word or swear word, they are related to those words and thus communicate the related idea of the foul language. Therefore, euphemisms should be purged from our vocabulary.
Another euphemism that is commonly said is g_sh, a substitute for the word God. It is used as an expression of shock or surprise. Again, people may think that it is acceptable because it is not the offensive version. Of course, OMG should be eliminated. The reason for not saying these words is because these expressions violate the command in Exodus 20:7: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.” To take God’s name in vain is to use His name in a careless, empty, worthless way. It is to say God’s name but have no reverence behind it. Psalm 111:9 says that the Lord’s name is holy and reverend.
In all, we should be careful with the words we say. We should remove vulgar words and softer forms of them, as well as words that take God’s name in vain. To do this, we must have an agenda to honor God and to edify others. If our thinking along these lines is correct, we can speak the way the Lord wants us to speak, uplift others, and exalt the Lord.