Jun 23

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How To Overcome Using Bad Language

1. Realize vulgarity lowers your image in the eyes of others. “Everybody loves a winner,” especially in the struggle of morality. So, when you cuss you’re a looser in a struggle. Your image in the eyes of others then becomes lower.

2. Realize vulgarity lowers your image in your own eyes. We are always judging ourselves. When you do right, you know it and your self-image is raised. On the other hand, when you do wrong, you know it and the image you have of yourself is lowered.

3. Realize that anger must be controlled. If you have a problem with vulgarity, it is probably in moments of anger. When something makes you angry, you cuss. Thus, it is the anger that must be controlled. “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression” (Prov. 19:11).

4. Realize that Satan is getting the better of you. Satan is trying to get you (1 Pet. 5:8), making use of all kinds of situations and snares (Eph. 6:11). Thus, each occurrence is a challenge by Satan. Take a stand! (Eph. 6:13). Don’t let him ridicule you!

5. Realize it is a transgression of the standard that will judge you. “But now ye also put off all these; anger, . . . filthy communication out of your mouth” (Col. 3:8). “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph. 4:29).

6. Pray for help. If you pray in faith (Mat. 21:22), according to his will (1 John 5:14) and do what you can do about the problem (Jam. 5:14-15), God will help.

7. Ask for help. Your good brethren are very concerned about you (1 Pet. 1:22) and can be of strong help (Gal. 6:2).

8. Memorize Ephesians 4:29. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.” Recite it throughout the day (especially when you know a trying moment is approaching).

9. Have something else prepared to think about when the temptation comes. Many of the suggestions given here would work.

10. Keep record of the days you go without using vulgarities –it will encourage you to see your change and what you can do.

11. Feel good about yourself when you overcome. “Honour to whom honour” (Rom. 13:7).

12. Daily read and meditate on the Bible –it strengthens and matures your soul (Psa. 1:1-3).

Gary Henson

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