Romans 3:10-18, “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Verse 14: “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
Mouth is full. The mouth can be filled with one nature or another. The mouth can be filled with good, serving God in beautiful worship. The mouth can also be filled with evil, serving the devil in hatred toward God. There is no middle ground. There is no gray area. There is either serving God or serving the devil. With our mouth, we need to mind what we say. What we say makes a difference toward the furthering of the kingdom of God.
Cursing. Cursing is one way that we can go against God. The use of bad words does not edify others nor does it bring God glory. It is an unnecessary use of words in sentences. Cursing is not intelligent speech. In fact, it misuses some words that are intended for other purposes. For instance, the word “Hell” is a place. It should not be the ending of a question starting with “what the?” This does not make sense and does not help anyone. If the word “Hell” must be used, use it correctly. Use it to talk about the horrible place that those who do not follow God go.
Bitterness. This is another way of going against God. We should not be bitter. We need to be joyous in all things, regardless if we are going through good times or not so good times. Bitterness is a pollution. It is contagious. It is a plague. It infects and will not let go. Bitterness needs to be given to God who will take that and give us joy. We have so much to be thankful and joyful for. Life on this Earth and also life in the next. We need to be praising God all the time for He is good.
Thank You for all that You give us daily. We have choice on how to live life. We receive this choice because of You. Help us to choose You daily in our actions and in our words. Our words have meaning and we know that we need to focus on our words. We love You and need You so much. If we struggle with cursing, help us in this area. If we harbor bitterness, help us to dispel it. We need joy and that joy comes from You.
In Your name we pray,