Yesterday’s post on vulgar language got me to thinking about all the scripture there is about controlling the tongue. In that scripture, we are told what types of language we should and shouldn’t use. The list below contains the types of language we shouldn’t use. It is in no way intended to be comprehensive, but it should keep us thinking about the bad kinds of the speech we sometimes use.
I Peter 3:10–Deceitful speech
Proverbs 15:1–Harsh words
Proverbs 26:20-21–Quarrelsome words
I Petter 2:1–Malice and hypocrisy
James 2:15-18–Speaking unsympathetically to those in need
James 3:14–Boasting and flattering
These scriptures are not the only ones that condemn or warn against the use of the above words and terms. As noted above, I’m sure there is scripture that deals with other types of language we shouldn’t use.
There is a scripture that preachers sometimes use to begin their sermons. Perhaps we should use it to begin each day: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14, KJV)