Cussing....or Cursing? Believe it or not, they are actually two different things. I know there are a lot of Christians who cuss. But did you know there are even more Christians who curse? Including me!
Let me explain. When we cuss, we use $#%&# language. When we curse, we take value away from something. Cursing is the opposite of blessing (which means to build something up). So when we curse things and people, we are verbally tearing them down. That would include complaining about someone at work, or yelling at a sibling for something trivial.
How about cussing? In our family, we don't say "Shut up" or "Stupid" or "Dumb" when talking about a person. Because it tears them down. People we know think this is pretty weird, because when they say "Stupid" we automatically say. "Stop saying the bad S word!" They do a double take and they say, "I didn't say that!" To which we reply, "You say s-t-u-p-i-d (spelling it out)!" They just sigh and shake their head. Right Ria? :)
Cussing is a stumbling block for me. I'm saddened when Christians cuss. Why? Because it doesn't make me think they are Christian in the best sense of the word. That is not to say that Christians who cuss aren't Christians. Nor is it to say that Christians are perfect. It's to say that we are called to be different from this world and cussing is of the world.
Advent is coming up! How about we give up cussing AND cursing as a birthday gift for the Lord? What do you say? Join me? Let me know in the comments below!