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Article 10 July 12, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Neither Use Profane Language Nor Say Mean, Hurtful Things

Article 10 July 12, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Neither Use Profane Language Nor Say Mean, Hurtful Things

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By Todd L. BakerJesus said that
"the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of theheart, and they defile the man"
(Matthew 15:18).Jesus is considered by nearly everyone as a “good man.” What traits made Him a“good man” in most people’s eye? For one, Jesus would not use profane language, norsay mean, hurtful things. Do not be mistaken, this does not mean that Jesus would notspeak out against sin for fear of how He may be perceived by His peers or the elite of Hisday. Jesus indeed spoke the truth, but in a loving, caring, concerned manner.“Profane” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “not sacred, secular, heathen,showing contempt of sacred things, to violate, desecrate, to put to an unworthy use.”Most folks would agree that given this definition, to profane something is not a Christianquality. To say mean, hurtful things is done for only one purpose: to hurt someone bymaking him look bad or by making oneself look good. This is also something that is nota Christian quality. Let’s look at some examples of how Jesus did speak.First of all, Jesus often spoke by quoting or referencing Scripture. In order to dothis, it is impossible to use profane language. For example, consider how Jesus answeredthe tempter after fasting for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness,
“It is written,‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” ”On the other hand, it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to thetest.’” ”Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only’” (
Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). Given these types of answers, should we also not seek God’s word as guidance for how to answer when we are tempted?Throughout the gospels, Jesus showed in His speech that He was often motivatedby compassion. Thus, His speech was seasoned with concern for those around Him.Examine how He spoke to the leper (one who would have been shunned and put down inJesus’ day) in Mark 4:41: “
 Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and 

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