One of things I never thought about when entering middle school was the cuss words and sexual jokes.
What is really bad is I found that it was tempting and easy to want to join in and start saying those jokes too. NO JOKE!!! It’s a trap of being like the cool kids and fitting in. Here’s my story with these, ok so when I entered into 6th grade my mindset and main goal was to be perfect (I’ll talk about that later) I never ever even thought about all of these things because I’ve been raised in a Christian household my whole life where we never cuss or make inappropriate jokes. So my mind never thought about them, yet the devil had a different plan for me. So while I was making friends I entered into the wrong crowd, NOW I had 2 friend groups 1 with Very christian and faithful people who are still lights to me, and the 2nd friend group was filled with the “cool” peeps. So the “cool” peeps were the wrong crowd, but I wanted to be cool so bad that I didn’t care about what they did or said I just cared about who they were. So after hanging with these people I -started picking up on their bad words. And yall this happens very very fast. And my faithful Christian friends tried to warn me but i was sucked into this, and i started influencing this onto my faithful friends. Now that was just the cussing NOT the inappropriate jokes. Now in 7th grade that’s when I entered into that atmosphere , ok so even though those jokes might sound cool it’s still a sin!!! Now this went on into 8th grade where it got way way worse until my best friend Abby finally told me that we had to stop. I didn’t really listen to her until I got out of my last ever relationship (again I’ll talk about that later) and I finally fell to God and surrendered to him every last thing. Yet cussing and inappropriate where my lifestyle for at least 3 years and yet it took me 5 minutes to cut it off!!! How? Thats a good question. When I gave God everything he gave me his word, in there I found peace and rest, but also wisdom and insight. In Ephesians 5:3 and 4 Paul says, But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. I actually ended up meditating on this verse for a month!!! ONE MONTH of reading and rereading, until I was able to live a life where I followed this. But by not saying cuss words and crude jokes I would say something about how good that person was, or I would praise God. This is really hard at first because the devil’s gonna temp you really hard. Just by watching shows, or reading books words and jokes are thrown left and right yet Psalms 23:1 would start coming into my mind, “The Lord is my shepherd i shall not want.” So I then stopped watching and reading books that filled me with sinful thoughts. That’s what we all gotta do. We have to change every aspect of our lives to follow God completely. Simple shows that everyone watched at my school I had to stop watching, because I wanted to only do what God would do. And that’s the mindset we need “Would Jesus do this?” If no then simply don’t do it. This is a hard thing to follow simply because the world loves sin and loves abandoning God just for a little fun. But here’s what you should always dwell on, Gods here in the room watching what you and everyone else in the room does, so to remember that pleasing God is such a fruitful thing keeps your mind and heart going after spiritually pleasing things!!! You also start having people wondering, why does this person do this, and they will ask, and then you’ll get one of the greatest chances to start telling them about the grace and love of God!!! DON’T BE AFRAID, go into his word and live it, breath it, and think it, and then God will give you chances to share it.
Lord God I know I’m a reckless sinner, and I know that I sin and go after earthly pleasures, Lord help me to be able to go only after your pleasing things, and help me to only crave you.
God cuss words make only moments fun, yet you word makes life eternal. Lord clear me of these things and help me to only focus on words of truth and love.
God crude jokes only fill the soul with sexual impurity. Yet your words fill me with hope and peace!!!
God what I Used to do does not impact how you view me because God I’ve been reborn!!! God I love you so much and thank you for showing me you!!!
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men”Colosians 3:23
“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”Ephesians 5:3-4
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”Ephesians 5:11
“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
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,”Matthew 12:36
A book that really helped me was the book Live by sadie Robertson https://www.amazon.com/Live-remain-specified-exciting-fulfilling/dp/1400213061