“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.” -Mother Teresa
At the age of five I lived in Norway and I’d always go to my friend Steinar’s house to play video games. Steiner was also five but much scrawnier, he wore glasses with extra thick lenses, and had highlighter blond hair. Anytime he’d lose in the video game he’d scream, “F%$# you video game!” I don’t think either one of us really understood that the F-word was a bad word, at least I sure didn’t. One day I went out on a boat to fish with my dad (who was a minister) and some of his friends. We had the fish hooked on the line when abruptly it got away. Naturally I yelled, “F#@$ you fish!!!!” My dad just about had a heart attack on that boat and I learned a valuable life lesson. Words are contagious because eventually we become likened to the people we consistently spend time with. If you are around people that speak positive words—filled hope, faith, love, and encouragement—then guess what you’ll have to say? Otherwise you’ll probably end up sounding a lot like I did.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, only such as is good for building up… (Ephesians 4:29, ESV).