N ow don’t think I was like a total sailor at the mouth, but I was particularly well at laying the smack down in a word war if I was provoked or pissed off. A few weeks ago one of my girlfriends and I simultaneously came to the realization that we needed to build a better relationship with God. We both are very ambitious and give our all to our goals but we felt like we weren’t giving our relationship with God the attention it deserved.
We both agreed to write down things to make us better Christians and to work towards them. Immediately I knew the first thing I NEEDED to change about myself was my dirty mouth. I would spew nasty words that temporarily pleased me, but I ALWAYS felt the weight of guilt afterward. Another reason I was determined to stop cursing is because I always felt it was pretty hypocritical to curse at my leisure and out of the very same mouth ask God for his blessings and expect him to listen to my prayers.
To help me on my journey to stop cursing I looked up bible verses to motivate me and boy did they. A quick Google search of “What does the bible say about cursing?” nearly bought me to my knees. Matthew 12:36-37 reiterated what I already knew but to see it right before me was a reality check. “I tell you on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” But it was James 1:26 that really put things into perspective for me; “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless”. Right there in plain text I was warned that if I can’t control my tongue everything else I did for God was pretty much worthless. That was all the motivation I needed.
To help me stay on track I began to mediate on Psalms 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”. This meditation has helped me tremendously. I have found myself much more aware of the words that come out of my mouth, especially when I’m upset. I know I have more work to do but at this moment I’m pretty proud of the progress I’ve made.