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#75 - What does the Bible say about cursing and using bad words?

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Question/insight #75:

What does the Bible say about cursing, using bad words, what speech should come from your mouth?

Response #75:

As followers of Christ, our speech and our thoughts should reflect the teachings of Christ Jesus. Being faithful to our calling as Christians includes our consistently adhering to the powerful words of Jesus, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." (Luk 6:27, 28) This exemplifies real courage, true, wisdom, might, and unconditional love, agape.

When one curses, one is betraying Christ, just as Peter did when he cursed and betrayed Christ. (See Mat 26:74 , NRSV.)

In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, Jesus instructed us,

Theo Sorg (The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Volume 1, edited by Colin Brown, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1975, page 417-418) sums up the issue very well when he writes in his definition of "raka (rhaka), emptyhead, fool:"

Then we have the writer of James instructing us,

James goes on to say,

The Letter to the Colossians says,

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