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Language abuse

The sign posted in a small-town grocery said, “No Profanity.”

“Does it work?” I asked the clerk. “No,” she replied.

Why doesn’t it? Do some feel it infringes on free speech? Are others so used to speaking profanely that they don’t give it a thought?

“God,” “damn,” and “hell” are legitimate Bible words—but out of place if used merely to express strong feeling or as a verbal filler.

Proper use

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

If we offer our bodies as “a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1), then our tongues are included.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB:

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