Salty Waters

October 13, 2017

 

 

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3: 9-10 NIV

 

 

 

 

I place value on being real and authentic. I like down to earth people who dabble in sarcasm and inappropriate humor. I’m drawn to interesting people who color outside the lines.

Fake people wearing masks of perfection bore and irritate me. Show me your scars, your flaws and I’ll show you mine.

I also like to express myself in creative ways – sometimes the best descriptor is a swear word. I know, not popular in Christian culture but I notice the occasional swear word has become more acceptable.

Recently, a friend called me out on some adjectives I used to describe something. He reminded me God in His Word says not to use profanity.

“I prefer to call them sentence enhancers.” I quipped.

“Well, your sentence enhancers hurt Jesus.” he replied. Ouch. I never thought about it that way. He went on to say he wanted every area of his life to honor God – including his speech.

Ever have a humbling moment with someone?

I thought we were having fun and I got called out – rightly so.

The truth is I can get sloppy in my Christian walk. I know I’m not supposed to swear.

  • I don’t say the Lord’s Name in vain.
  • Swearing isn’t part of my every day language, it’s an exception
  • I don’t use big swear words – only minor ones.
  • Jesus doesn’t expect me to be perfect
  • I’m forgiven

These are things I say to myself about using language not honoring to God.

Sadly, I didn’t think it was a big deal. The problem – I’m not sure it would be included in the Bible if God didn’t.

Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  Ephesians 5:4 NIV

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I get to choose what I listen to, read, watch, where I go and how I speak.

I can pretend it doesn’t matter to God but it does.

He cares about how I live and the choices I make. He notices when I choose things that honor Him and when I don’t.

I want my life, my words, my actions to honor God.

I want this because He descended from Heaven’s perfection to reside in the dirt and dust of humanity on a mission of rescue. He came to rescue and redeem me from a debt of sin I can not pay – a sentence that includes all He willingly took on.

He endured rejection, abandonment, ridicule, slander, brutality and a crushing death in the person of Jesus for me.

I would not use those words, the ones I defend and justify, in front of my pastor or in the Presence of Jesus.

It is conduct unbecoming – it hurts my testimony.

Imagine a non-believer overhearing language seasoned with swearing and discovering I’m a Christ follower – I don’t want the words I say to discredit my Savior or block a lost person’s way.

I can be authentic and real and still honor God. There is no need to wear a mask or pretend to be something I’m not. God made me, He can use me – a plastic, stereotype version of me is not the goal.

Instead, I continually surrender my ways, my speech, my life to the One I follow.

When I fail and fall, I bring it to God, ask for forgiveness and begin again.

  • I willingly bring chaff to the fire and allow Him to burn the dead wood.
  • I remember I am here to serve not be served.
  • I guard against yeast.
The trap of sin begins in small ways - it begins with things that seem minor and unimportant. Click To Tweet

“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Galatians 5:9 NIV

I leave you with two sayings:

“God is in the details”

“The devil is in the details.”

Both are true – which details will I choose?

More about Liz

I'm a free spirit. I hate rules and legalism. I love art and nature, music, the beach and dogs. I like to garden, take pictures and read. I tend to speak my mind and have a rip-the-band-aid -off approach to life. (Brace yourself, this might hurt.)

11 Comments
    1. Liz, thank you for this! I like your contrast of real with a “plastic stereotype” version of yourself. The more I come away from perfectionism, the more I notice when others are putting on the face. To shine, I agree we must choose ways to honor God in all ways from an honest place. Blessings my dear friend, Julie

      1. Thank you Julie ❤️ you taking the time to read and comment means so much. I love what you say about honoring God from an honest place. You get it! My heart is to honor Him at a heart level, not simply look good for appearances sake. Blessings my friend! Xoxo

      1. Thank you Cathy! Yes! Interestingly enough, I’m in a season where God is showing me how much I hold tightly and calling me to just that – surrender. Thank you for reading and commenting!

    1. Thank you Liz! This is so good and very true!! We are not perfect but our God is and Im so thankful for his forgiveness.I want to please and honor him in my words and actions! No one can hide behind a mask because God knows all of our hearts! xoxo

      1. Thanks Sydell! I’m with you! My prayer is to honor and glorify Him but I often come up short. So grateful for Jesus and His grace. Blessings my friend! ❤️❤️

    1. I love reading these Liz. Everytime I do it reminds me of me. You always have just the right way to put things into perspective. Love you. Nancy

    1. Love this! Love this! LOVE THIS! I so have a problem with profanity. My whole life I have battled it and lost. I also look at curse words as “sentence enhancers”. And to be honest I don’t have a huge problem with people cursing. I mean who decided that certain words were bad? I was taught my whole life that ass was a bad word until I read it in the King James version of the Bible. So then I started questioning what was bad and who decided that it was bad. But what I like about this post is that it makes me realize that it’s not about me. It’s about being a good witness to others. And is my profanity hurting that witness? I do believe that this weakness can show others that God can love them too in all their imperfections. But I do need to take a harder stand with myself. Whether I believe that certain words are not as bad as some make them out to be I need to try harder not to use them. Wonderful post as usual! Keep it up!

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