On Cussing

I don’t think this subject needs to be a matter of division in the body of Christ, as controversial as it may be. I do not do it. I do not see it as a wise thing to do. Yet I do not judge another.

Today I’m simply sharing my personal testimony on this subject:


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Years ago I felt God pulling me away from cussing (which was never in front of anyone). Eventually, I obeyed. I switched to the “darns” and “hecks” instead and then I felt God pulling me away from those. Reluctantly, I obeyed. I created a word I could use, “cripe.” Yes, it was pretty hilarious. 🙂 After that I felt God pulling me away from using my made-up word. He brought me through a process of taming my tongue.

Through it all He showed me that the motive behind my cursing always stemmed from anger. My heart was not right. Was I willing to obey anything He wanted of me? It took years to tame my tongue. But I wanted to obey Him all the way.

It wasn’t until some months back that I had a revelation about the why behind cutting the cursing.

For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, the is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. James 3:2 NKJ

It helped me in overcoming other areas. That’s how powerful the tongue is!

I’m not saying I’m perfect, or better than you or even perfect with everything I say. I just know that I had to obey what the Lord was leading me to do because He was asking me to surrender. He did not ask it all at once, but a little at a time, as I was ready.

And I’m glad I did.

Have you ever had the Lord lead you to give up something a little at a time? Have you ever worked on your tongue and found it helped you in other areas?

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I’m linking up with Michelle for Thought Provoking Thursday.

17 thoughts on “On Cussing

  1. I’m like you in a way. I never really cursed in public. But still trying to cut out saying it altogether. I think it’s ok to get angry and I don’t really find it wrong to say an occasional “crud” when things aren’t going right. But if the Lord led me that this is even wrong, then I would stop.

    • Everyone is at a different place with their walk with God. It’s a process depending on where the person is at, and it blessed me to hear you say your last sentence because your heart is at the right place. That’s what really matters, being obedient to His specific leading. 🙂

  2. Oh yes, I remember those days. I was find everyday but when I got upset or angry let just say my word were not pretty. I tried to stop when my daughter was born with no success. I mean I really tried, I just could do it. But when I chose to follow Christ not just know about him or go to church becasue it was the right thing to do. Gave him my heart; I was delivery from it instantly. Never cussed another day. I had become a new creature. I was so proud and happy. It was a sign to me that God was working in my life. Now I will use a heck or too here are there. But, this post is making me think about that now. Because I only did it when I was angry. There are scritpures in the bible that let us know that God dosen’t approve of cussing. I do want to be in the will of God.

  3. Oh by the way I am not trying to judge or voice an opinion. This was a testimony of how God deliveried me from a personal struggle.

  4. It’s a condition of the heart. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. If our hearts are full of anger, then our words will reflect that. And whether we say a cuss word or just “darn”, it still reflects our anger. I love the way you shared from your heart and experience without condemnation. My desire is that the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be pleasing to God.
    Stopping by from Thought-Provoking Thursdays. Many blessings!

    • Hi, Lisa! Thanks so much for stopping by! My mother had my brother and I say that verse about the words of our mouth and meditations of our heart before every day. When you say that verse daily, you really begin to live it!

  5. Kelly,
    Thank you for sharing how God is working to tame your tongue. I must admit I have a similar problem. I slip more often than I’d like to admit. I confess when I do, but I want to stop.
    I’d like your permission to re-post this on my blog and add a few thoughts of my own to yours. Of course I will give you credit and put a link to your blog in my post.
    Thank you in advance for your consideration. I really enjoy, and am always blessed, reading your blog.

    • Thank you for your kind words! You have my permission to repost and link back to this post. The work God did in me with this happened about 15 years ago. If it was still going on that would really bother me because I want my relationship with God to increasingly show more of Him and less of me.

  6. I just thought of a verse I recall at times when I have trouble with my tongue: Ephesians 4:29 — “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
    It’s not really about the tongue, more about how we use our tongue, but when I slip and cuss, sometimes I recall this verse.

  7. hahaha….I say JIMINY Cricket or Snicker doodle…..I read something about even using slang like jeez….and how that even pushes using our savior’s name in vain….I get it now…all those things my Mom asked me not to say….Hope my kids ‘get it’ before I did!

  8. You share a truth here which illustrates God’s lovingkindness: the journey. Too often, Christians create a black and white duality. We have to be this or that. We should be this and not that. Yes, God is absolutely holy and just. There is no grey in sin. But God has been slowly and faithfully revealing His Name to His people to show that He is lovingkindness. He loves His children and seeks to deliver them through their journeys. He walked with His people through a desert for a long time. But despite our weakness and stubbornness, His grace shows up and leaves us stronger in the end — just as you point out in your post. He gives us deeper understanding and knowledge. He stretches and pulls our roots deeper into His love. May we be patient with others, as well as ourselves, as we move forward into the promise. And into the surrender. Thanks for sharing! — Matthew

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