Swear words

March 31, 2006 | No comments yet

Is swearing as innocent as some people suggest?

A recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll reports that three-quarter of Americans encounter profanity in public frequently or occasionally. Many people believe swearing has been on the rise over the last 20 years.

Let’s hope this is a trend to be reversed!

There’s a reason the descriptor “dirty” is associated with many rude words. Foul language betrays foul thoughts.

God did not create us with a desire or inclination to swear. Our spiritual nature is to express love, understanding, patience and gratitude. These qualities are not offensive, but welcomed, and they keep us in good company.

Rather than swear, we can care.

The more we genuinely care, the more we want to say words that comfort others, help them, and bring them peace. This requires unselfishness on our part, for instead of reacting in rage or anger, we have to put any negativity aside and respond with love and goodwill. But we’ll stay happier and healthier for the effort, and those around us will appreciate our friendly disposition.

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