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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 

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Beth Jones

"Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes — these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God." Ephesians 5:4, NLT

Words can do so much to encourage, strengthen and refresh people. They are tools that we can use in wise, creative, unpredictable, relevant and redemptive ways!

But, we live in a culture that is very loose with their words…but that shouldn't be the way of a Christ-follower. I’m all for being culturally-relevant and relatable, but that doesn’t mean we should allow our words to become obscene, foolish, coarse or crude. As Christians, we need to be more concerned with pleasing the Lord!

So, have you done a words inventory lately? Here are some things to consider…

Words Can Grieve the Holy Spirit. I don't know about you, but I don't want to grieve the Holy Spirit – I need all the help He will give me! I need His anointing to speak, write and do what He's called me to do; so the laugh or attention I might get by using unwholesome words is not worth grieving the Holy Spirit. "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…." (Ephesians 4:29-30, NIV)

Words Can Get You in Trouble. Ever heard of someone who was "hung by the tongue?" Words can get us into trouble. Sadly, we have known too many people who have caused their own trouble – wrecked relationships, demotion on the job, wayward kids, financial ruin – simply because of their lack of discipline with their mouth. "A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble." (Proverbs 17:20, NIV)

Words Reveal a Rebellious Streak. Don't be a rebel. Don’t try to impress people with your carnal words. Being rebellious will never take you where you want to go. Your own heart knows when you are being rebellious, so call yourself on the carpet and make a decision to quit using certain words or phrases that feed that bit of rebellion. "The upright speak what is helpful; the wicked speak rebellion." (Proverbs 10:32, TLB)

Let this be our prayer: "Post a guard at my mouth, GOD, set a watch at the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3, Message) 

Say This: “Father, I ask for Your forgiveness for any words I have spoken that were not pleasing to you -- and I ask for your help to do better. I ask You to put a guard on my mouth. I want to speak words that please You and help point people to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen."