Read James 3:13-18

vv 8-9. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behaviour, slander, and DIRTY LANGUAGE. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 

Hard to define DIRTY LANGUAGE  isn’t it. Maybe you think ‘Smutty jokes’ or ‘Sexualised comments’ or just plain offensive language (which may only be a cultural matter in fact. The farmer’s wife who talks about ‘Shit on her shoes’ may not seem polite in some circles, but normal in the farmyard!). I might suggest it is simply language that offends the listener in some way. It might be racist comments, comments about a disability or accent, or even about personal looks. The fact is, you know it when you hear it, and peace-making requires us to speak carefully and graciously in all circumstances.

Friday 4th June Daily Notes from The Hub