Ephesians 4:29 “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need.”
Great advice, and the world would be a better place if we could follow it. I have a problem with words. They pop out of my mouth before I even realize they are a spark in my head. A bad habit indeed.
I try and limit my words to softer explicatives. But I like “effing” and “dumbass”, especially when exasperated by my son. Then, all the worst of me comes out and I am a fishwife in the throes of bipolar mania.
I am trying to work on this but there are just times when some word needs to be said. So I have been making a list of words to use that are not objectionable, at least not objectionable to the typical US citizen.
Ok, some of these are iffy. Some are just funny. “Oh, pickles” is quite underpowered but it makes me laugh when I use it, and is not the action of defusing the bomb part of the reason why we use powerful derogatory words in the first place? But I have to de-throttle slowly. And much of that is a head thing. See the action as objectionable to God and in time it will be objectionable to me. At least my conscience tells me that I am wrong to hurdle low class insults at people and it doesn’t help me be a better person or have a Christian testimony.
“Jesus, when he was tired one day, went off away from the crowds to rest. The crowds followed him and he was filled with compassion for them, for they were like sheep gone astray.” What a lovely way to view a stressful situation! Compassion and gratitude will slay any desire to give into word-driven anger.
Now what would I have done?
Sadly, I would have said something like this: “Oh PICKLES, those bloody nose picking GOOBERS are coming this way…..”
You see, I have a far way to go in my race to find compassion and gratitude. But, I did prove that nose picking and pickles are grammatically compatible……..