August 20, 2019

Episode 29 – Cussing, Sarcasm, Crude Joking

Posted in: Show Notes

In today’s episode, we are talking about cursing, sarcasm, and crude joking…is it sinful or funny?  Is it holy or pleasing to God? Are these things okay to practice as a believer? These are all questions we discuss in today’s episode.  No matter where you fall on these topics, may we desire to seek the Lord in all things and put to death what is not of Him. We hope you are encouraged and challenged as you join us in today’s conversation!

  • Romans 12:1-2
    • God tells us to not be conformed to this world and to be transformed by the renewal of our minds.  
    • The will of God is what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    • When we present our bodies as a living sacrifice, this is our spiritual act of worship.
  • Cussing: an offensive word or phrase used to express anger or annoyance.
    • Using the Lord’s name in vain
      • To speak casually or idoly of someone. 
      • Exodus 27
    • Making light of serious topics that are big and real
    • Replacement words 
      • What is the condition of your heart in using these words? 
  • Ephesians 5:4, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” 
    • When your heart is full of thankfulness, the things that pour out of you are not discontentment and anger.
  • Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4, “Love is patient and kind, it does not; it does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.”
    • KJV used the word “unseemly”- not proper or appropriate
  • Why do we cuss?
    • Anger, frustration, or discontentment.
    • It is cool to be a Christian that cusses.
  • Sarcasm: The use of irony to mock or convey contempt. 
    • Contempt: The feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.
  • James 3:10, “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
    • Is there even an ounce of truth behind my sarcasm?
      • Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
    • Would God be more glorified by my silence than my humor? 
    • Will words of edification bring more joy to the hearer than words of sarcasm? 
  • Crude joking 
    • Psalm 141:3 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”
    • Colossians 3:8, “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”
    • 2 Timothy 2:16, “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.” 
      • Irreverent: showing lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.
  • Is it offensive to someone? Don’t say it. 

We hope this is encouraging to you and convicting where needed!  Our desire is that you would search scripture to see more of what the Lord has to say about these topics, and you would invite other women into your life as needed to hold you accountable in the areas you desire to be more holy as He is holy.

We love you and are praying for you!

-The OHT team 

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