Ephesians 4:29 says… Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
“Speak,” said the old philosopher, “that I may see you.” More of a man is seen in his words than in anything else belonging to him. You may look into his face and be mistaken. You may visit his house and not discover him. You may scan his business and misunderstand him.
But if you hear his daily conversation, you shall soon know him! The heart babbles out its secrets when the tongue is in motion. As the full bucket betrays the water of the well, so is a man discerned by his speech.~C. H. Spurgeon
Ephesians 5:3–4 says… But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
As one writer puts it… “Swearing is how the world today gives expression and forcefulness to its conversation.”
That’s not the way it should be…
Can you see what Paul is contrasting in these verses in Ephesians 5 He says let gratitude be emphasized in your speech, not swearing!
I have said things myself, with my own talk and language. My excuse is… I was only joking, I didn’t mean it!
Proverbs 26:18-19 has an answer for me!
Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, arrows and death,
19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor,
And says, “Was I not joking?”
Instead be in God’s word and think about these things… Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I am reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 10:31… Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 19:14…
Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
*Emphasis Mine, Pictures Not Mine