Sunday At church, the pastor read from Colossians 3. She used an extended metaphor of putting on different “clothing articles,” that were actually different virtues, and “taking off,” certain vices. I admit that I didn’t totally get the metaphor, but the message was very practical. On the ices, she mainly focused on Colossians 3:8,
8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth
What I thought was interesting about this verse in particular was the ending. I had heard that Jesus proclaimed you shouldn’t “curse,” but I often dismissed this as a little curse, or wishing ill of somebody. I justified say cuss words with the usual Christian crutches, saying it may not beneficial, but it is certainly not harmful, or I would say I was being a Gentile to the Gentiles so to speak and “fitting in,” with them, heck most of the time I just thought it wasn’t that bad. Here’s the click moment for me though, Jesus specifically told us not to do it. Its hard to argue that cuss words don’t fall under the category of ‘obscene talk.’ The pastor went on to discuss in detail cuss words, and other such talk (lude jokes, sarcasm, cutting people down, etc.) and threw out a dagger to my heart in the form of Proverbs 18:21,
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
That’s really what hit me and has started a change in me. I am trying to better control my tongue, and I urge you to do the same. The Word makes it pretty clear.