A friend of mine asked me the other day “What does the Bible say about cursing”. I assumed this meant profanity and not the kind of cursing that Balak wanted Balaam to do on the children of Israel.
I’d like to share a few scriptures that I thought were appropriate to the subject that I sent my friend. Perhaps others will be blessed by this.
Let’s begin with taking the name of the Lord in vain. This is not something the Lord is pleased with,yet many people view this as “not as bad” as some of the major curse words today. But look at the following passages:
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exo 20:7)
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Lev 19:12)
I think the passage in Leviticus really brought it home for me. “Profane the name of thy God”. I can’t imagine this! How could we take the name of the Holy One and profane it. This really ought to be unthinkable to any of us! To mix the unholy with the holy!
Now, many people would look at this topic and say “this word is good, this word is bad, this word is ok”. Even further we have words that we say “that’s just a mild form of this or that word.” I don’t want to get into all that with this post. I really want to look at the principle of cursing itself.
Consider the Scriptures:
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. ( II Tim 2:16)
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)
So how about those? Is your “babblings” profane or vain? Is your communication corrupted? These things will increase into more ungodliness! They already ARE ungodly…and will cause MORE!
Yet Paul finishes in Ephesians by saying “but that which is good to the use of edifying”. I think that’s the main point here. Ultimately Christians should be full of grace. Why would Christians, who are supposed to be reborn with the Spirit of Christ, be speaking anything that is not edifying and filled with grace? Why would it be negative? Why wouldn’t it be BLESSING instead of cursing?
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
You see, it’s more than whether the actual words we are speaking are “right” or “wrong” but our communications are an indicator of what’s inside.
Just as Jesus once said:
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. (Matt 12:34)
And there we have it. Are you speaking cursings, negative thoughts, and words that refer to vile things? If so, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”. Are you speaking blessings, positive words, and those things that are filled with praise and virture? Well then, “out of the abundance of the heart…”