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:
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.