What I really hate in myself is those other times where I’m with friends, and I’m “on stage” or telling an anecdote . . . and somehow it feels like a spicy word will just put me over the top. And there’s this moment, a brief flicker of conscience before I cave in and go for the shock value of an R-rated word. And I don’t even have the excuse of a bashed thumb or a sudden irritation. It’s nothing but pure showing off, Lord, and I feel so ashamed afterward. Please, please forgive me.
Please make the idea of swearing and cursing hateful to me before the opportunity comes, not after. I want to have a holy mind, and I want to love you so much that the temptation becomes unthinkable.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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