Adult Language, by B. B. Bristow

 Some TV programs that are filled with sin are prefaced with these words: Warning: program contains adult language. Viewers discretion advised.” What are they really saying? What is adult language? In their thinking, it is all right for adults to hear and use all kinds of filthy language, but this warning is to protect the children until they are old enough to do the same! Isn’t the devil shrewd in his approach to sin?


     After we have reached adulthood, we should still be mature enough to use language that is pure, meaningful, and edifying. We should be old enough to know that we should not use the name of God in vain since He is our Creator, sustainer, and the One who will judge our final destiny (Acts 17:31).


     It is wondered just how many adults (who call themselves Christians) use such language? Paul wrote: “”Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6).


      This is the kind of adult language that the Lord approves. Therefore, if you want to be involved in real adult language, be involved in character, forgiveness, commitment, sacrifice, moral values, and determination. When we do this, we will know that our children will grow up to use the same kind of language that is good and pure.


     Why do people enjoy evil “adult language?” Because they think on evil things! Christians who think on good things want to speak good words. Paul mentions things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Then he says: “ if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).


     “A careless word may kindle strife, / A cruel word may wreck a life; / A bitter word may hate instill, / A brutal word may smite and kill; / A gracious word may smooth the way / A joyous word may light the day; / A timely word may lessen stress, / A loving word may heal and bless.”


          Is your adult language—FOR or AGAINST the Lord? —BBBristow

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