What we say says a lot about who we are.
Think this one through.
It’s the first day of school. There’s a new girl in your class you’ve never met before. What’s one of the first things you do?
What does she say?
What she talks about and how she talks about it tells you so much. Based on what comes out of her mouth, you will probably decide whether you want to get to know her or not.
So, it’s no surprise God has something to say on what we say:
“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4
In The Message it’s even clearer:
“Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.”
Dirty or silly. That cuts out a lot, doesn’t it? Discussing the latest You Tube rage, hottest guy on TV or new song on the radio, how often does is it obscene, foolish or coarse?
It’s not just the topic either; it’s the way we talk about the topic, using current fad words. While these words change fast, most of them should never start.
“But hey, as long as I’m not swearing it’s ok! You sure are getting picky!”
Not according to the Bible. “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place.”
So what qualifies as obscenity, foolish talking or coarse joking?
Here’s the definition for these words:
Obscene: indecent or disgusting
Foolish: resulting from or showing a lack of sense; ill-considered; unwise
Coarse: lacking taste or refinement
That’s the standard of the girl who is radical about displaying the love of Jesus to her generation. That’s the standard for the girl who is going to live outside who she is inside.
Disgusting or indecent?
Lack sense or is unwise?
Lack taste or refinement?
Classy or crude?
Whether texting, talking and typing, your words have the power to point to him or away. What’s it going to be?