Something that we see so much now, especially with social networks like Facebook and Twitter, is people gossiping (even if it’s indirect), being overly sarcastic to the point that it’s hurtful-which is especially hard to tell when it’s not face-to-face, using bad language, and inappropriate jokes. These things are everywhere. God says to stop this.
Colossians 4:6 says:
Let your speech always be seasoned with grace, seasoned with salt…”
When I was in 3rd grade, my teacher demonstrated this by using toothpaste. I thought this was really cool, and it’s had an impact on me since then. I can always picture her squirting the toothpaste out of the tube, and then saying, “Ok, now try to put all of the toothpaste back in the tube!” Of course, none of us could get even half of it back inside-it just won’t work. And it can make a mess if we’re not careful! She was trying to teach us from an early age that we need to think before we speak, because words can do a lot of damage if we’re not being cautious.
Words, if not used gracefully, can be hurtful to other people and to God because it means we’re straying from his commands.
Once we start these things, it can be hard to stop, and it can influence others to do the same thing. If they (even brothers and sisters in Christ) see Christians doing it, how are they supposed to know it’s wrong? How are we being different if we, too, involve ourselves in these practices?
Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
9With it [the tongue] we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.