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When Terry Bradshaw recently released an expletive beginning with an “f” and rhyming with yuck, little did he know his microphone was on and airing live on national television via a Fox Sports broadcast.

Oops.

Fox Sports apologized to Terry and viewers “who unfortunately heard the comments.” Ever do that? Apologize for your "French”? Or let a swear word slip and gulp it down with red-faced humble pie?

I imagine we have all let a word fly that would embarrass our mothers. Unfortunately, foul language is common nomenclature among many men. There’s a reason it’s called foul. Because after it’s been exposed, it stinks. It spoils the air.

But you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal?” Well, a lot, actually.

Words Reflect the Heart

In Matthew 15:18, the Bible says, “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” And in Luke 6:45: “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

Words Are Powerful

They can spoil or save. They can hurt or heal.  Words are important. In fact, God says before time, He was the Word. His name is a word, and He says one day “all knees shall bow at the name of Jesus” in Philippians 2:9-11.

God even warns in the Ten Commandments not use the name of God in vain—perhaps the origin of foul language, where it says in Exodus 20:7, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Words Reveal the Truth

Men will posture up with profanity and a scowl on their face to appear tough, manly and intimidating and to establish their place in the pecking order. But often this is a facade, covering up truth on the inside—a heart that’s been hurt, a boy seeking respect, a man fearing failure.

Whenever I hear profanity, I don’t get offended or scared. I empathize for the man. The bigger the mouth, the bigger the insecurity.

Jesus was famous for hanging out with the “wrong crowd.” They felt comfortable with Jesus because He didn’t cringe at their words and behaviors. He was more interested in their hearts.

Here’s what Jesus taught me about handling F-bomb flingers:

1. Fear less. Don’t let them bug you. Language is an instrument to create control or the perception of control. When a man turns up the volume on foul language, I realize he can’t control people in a good way, so he has to control people in a bad way. Men who swear are men seeking attention, often seeking help.

2. Ask more. Instead of shrinking in fear, try to push the macho veil away. Ask questions to discover the “why” behind the machismo. I want to be like Jesus and try to get to the heart of the matter. There’s a story behind bad language. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, right? Have compassion and recognize there’s more to the story.

If God’s man is on the right path, becoming more like Jesus every day, then your words will reflect a heart full of compassion, grace, love and hope. In Matthew 12:35, the Bible says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”

So don’t fear the F-bomb. Disarm it the way Jesus did.

Kenny Luck, founder of Every Man Ministries and the men’s pastor at Saddleback Church, provides biblically oriented teaching and leadership for men and pastors seeking relevant, timely material that battle cultural, worldly concepts threatening men and God’s men. Follow Kenny and Every Man Ministries now on FacebookTwitter (@everyMM) and YouTube.

For the original article, visit everymanministries.com.

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