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Can Leaders Be Cussin’ Christians?

Gracious words are compared to honeycomb—sweetness to the soul and health to the body (Prov. 16:24).

Paul also tells us to get rid of filthy language from our lips (Col. 3:8).

From just these few verses, it’s obvious that what we say is to have a positive impact on others as well as line up with God’s desires for us.

What deeply concerns me is what our words reveal about our true inner condition.

We should want our words and our very thoughts to be pleasing to God (Psalm 19:14). If that doesn’t motivate what and how we communicate, we shouldn’t be leading in His name.

And even more seriously…

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

I’m not saying Christian leaders should be perfect.

Obviously, there wouldn’t be any. But we should desire conformity to Christ, The Word, in every area. And when something is brought to our attention, we should ask God to examine us for any areas that dishonor Him.

Finally, if bad language was something you lived and breathed before coming to know Jesus, then His grace surrounds, covers and fills you. He loves and accepts you! He’s working in you to transform you into His likeness.

Be humbly teachable and learn from Him.  

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Leader and Bible teacher Lyn Smith is the co-author of three books, including the recently released Think 4:8 - 40 Days to a Joy-filled Life for Teens, appears weekly on Christian Discipleship TV, and travels the world teaching. Known as the champion of Truth, Lyn brings the reality and power of God into daily living.