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How does our speech reflect the type of persons we are? How can peer pressure affect our speech?


 

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.

- Genesis 1:27-28a

And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

- Genesis 2:22-25

 

Besides the avoidance of profanity, how is a Christian's speech to differ from the non-Christian's?

Words or expressions which mock with, or vainly refer to: God's attributes, such as "My goodness gracious!"; or "Holy smoke!"; God's dwelling place, such as "For heaven's sake!"; God's punishments, such as "Hell!"; are all forbidden. The use of expressions or words which are derived from profane statements by changing one letter or sound should be avoided in our speech. We must distance ourselves as far as possible from profanity. For instance: God becomes gosh in "Oh my gosh!"; damn becomes darn in "Darn it!"; and hell becomes heck in "To heck with it!"


Man is God's highest creature; the earth is God's creation. To curse anyone or anything is also a severe transgression of the third commandment. Anyone ever experiencing something of the terribleness of God's curse upon sin will avoid all such language. Cursing mocks with God's judgments and punishments.


God created man as male and female; He created us with all of our healthy bodily functions. To use obscene or degrading language is to insult God's work. To refer to various body parts or functions as "dirty" is to degrade man and to dishonor his Creator. Dirty or base language also breaks God's third commandment. We must avoid all slang and borderline language in this regard.


Insulting and slanderous language degrades another person's good name. While this is examined in more detail in later commandments, it too, transgresses the third commandment. The upholding of the honor of God's Name is to be reflected in my seeking to uphold the honor of others. Consciousness of God and a desire to live according to His law - to love God and others - produces carefulness in speech.


There is to be a difference between the world and the church. God's people are to be a different, and a separate people in matters pertaining to God' law. Their love for God and others is to be reflected in their tender, careful language usage.


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