Is Cursing a Sin?

A study by Rachel Marie and Ayana Jarah

Jarah and I had come across a couple of people who have claimed to be Christians, followers of Christ Jesus, who have been cussing. Upon coming together to study the topic, we came across the following pieces of scripture that helped seal what we now believe to be true: cussing is a sin.

Cussing, or cursing someone out could be defined a variety of ways, especially considering context. Often one can claim that they use words considered taboo in order to emphasize their point.

Curse- utter offensive words in anger or annoyance (Google)

Cussing is a sin because…

… it is unwholesome and non-beneficiary.  

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29, ESV)

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4, ESV)

 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 13:34, ESV)

…it is contrary to the character of God– which we are aiming to become. 

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. (James 3:9-12, ESV)

For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45, ESV)

…God says so. 

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice,slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8, ESV)

“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12, ESV)

 

We hope this study benefits you as much as it did us! :)

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