Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 29th, 2021
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)
Foul and Abusive Language
According to the Edmonton Police Service website, “Verbal abuse is a form of abusive behaviour involving the use of language (criticizing, name-calling, put downs, threatening, blaming). It differs from profanity in that it can occur without the use of expletives. Verbal abuse is a pattern of behaviour that can seriously interfere with one’s positive emotional development and over time, can lead to significant detriment to one’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and physical state. Verbal abuse, although not visibly apparent, is damaging nonetheless.”
Before I watch any movie, I check out pluggedin.ca. It’s a website that gives a review of a movie, but more than that, it tells you what the positive, negative and spiritual elements are, as well as sexual and violent content and crude and profane language. It is a Christian website, designed for Christians who are discerning about what they allow their eyes to see and their ears to hear. The Bible is very clear that this is important for a follower of Jesus. For example, Ephesians 4:29 says “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Someone once said that it only took one generation for movies to go from silent to unspeakable. The use of foul and abusive language in our society has become far more common than in the past. This is disturbing, but even more so among the followers of Christ. We are called to be discerning about what we allow into our minds, and what comes out of our mouths. We are sons and daughters of the Holy God of the universe. Let our speech sound like we are.
These have been words from the heart.